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Articles > In India, Stigma of Mental Illness Hinders Treatment

Aug 11, 2010
by Miranda Kennedy (NPR)

Second of two parts

GOA, India — In India, people with severe mental illnesses often turn to temples and shrines, not to doctors. Some social workers are trying to change this by focusing their efforts on India's schools.

At a small rural high school in Goa, along the Arabian Sea, child psychologist Prachi Kandayparker is leading a workshop to train teachers to deal with mental health issues among their students.

The students here are poor, the children of miners and fishermen. They mostly speak the local language, Konkani.

Full story: Finances not biggest obstacle to treatment