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There is a need to conduct a nation-wide survey to identify the magnitude of the problems related to mental health so that proper strategies could be adopted, National Human Rights Commission chairperson K.G. Balakrishnan said Wednesday.

“High priority needs to be given to mental health like other issues and, for this funds should be allocated,” he said.

He was speaking at a national seminar on “Mental Health and Human Rights” organised by the NHRC to mark “World Mental Health Day”.

“They are equally entitled to all rights like other human beings. Prevention, treatment, rehabilitation are key issues concerning mental health care,” he added.

He appealed to civil society to come forward and provide some job orientation or training to the persons who have been cured of their mental disorders so that they could earn their livelihood with dignity.

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