Industrial Psychiatry Journal

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 170--175

Perception of employees on mental health at a leading botanical garden, India: A qualitative study


Meena Kolar Sridara Murthy1, Bibin V Philip2, Sharmitha Krishnamurthy1, Anish V Cherian2, Santosh Kumar Chaturvedi1 
1 Department of Mental Health Education, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Meena Kolar Sridara Murthy
Department of Mental Health Education, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India

Background: The prevalence of mental health issues in India is increasing. The lack of knowledge about mental illnesses and negative beliefs about treatment usually lead to delayed treatment. Mental health literacy is a prerequisite for early recognition and intervention in mental disorders. Aims: The study was undertaken with the aim to explore the awareness of mental health among the employees of the botanical gardens to address this massive issue. Materials and Methods: Two focus group discussions were carried out with five and ten members from two diverse groups of population respectively. Results: The study highlights that the signs and symptoms of mental illness were not well recognized by the participants except few.The study also shows the presence of misconceptions among the sample regarding mental health and the role of mental health professionals. This indicates the need for mental health literacy among the community. Conclusion: The study shows that the knowledge of the employees of the botanical garden regarding mental health was limited. This limited knowledge may be a prominent cause of poor treatment turn up. Therefore a need of systematic sensitization program to increase mental health literacy is highlighted through the study.


How to cite this article:
Murthy MK, Philip BV, Krishnamurthy S, Cherian AV, Chaturvedi SK. Perception of employees on mental health at a leading botanical garden, India: A qualitative study.Ind Psychiatry J 2019;28:170-175


How to cite this URL:
Murthy MK, Philip BV, Krishnamurthy S, Cherian AV, Chaturvedi SK. Perception of employees on mental health at a leading botanical garden, India: A qualitative study. Ind Psychiatry J [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Oct 1 ];28:170-175
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