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Positive shifts that have taken place in understanding mental health

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82% Indians believe that their parents would be most supportive while seeking therapy

By IANSlife

November 04, 2023 (IANSlife) In India, attitudes towards mental health and mental wellbeing have been gradually evolving with increased awareness and conversations towards reducing the stigma.

In its 3rd year, ITC’s Feel Good with Fiama Mental Wellbeing Survey unveils interesting facts to further understand young India’s changing attitudes towards mental wellbeing and mental health. Commissioned with NielsenIQ, the survey covers a gamut of beliefs, behaviours, major stressors and de-stressors for GenZ and Millennials towards mental health.


On the relationship front, the survey indicates that toxic relationships make it harder for 38 percent Indian women to maintain good mental health.

The survey findings also state that while 59 percent respondents confide in their parents, only 29 percent confide in siblings while only 31 percent confide in their partners if they were to undergo therapy.

Only 33 percent GenZ confide in their siblings while 52 percent millennials confide in their partners.


Society and Culture

The Feel Good with Fiama Mental Wellbeing Survey 2023 indicates that a whopping 64 percent of Indians believe that living up to societal standards of success are what lead to burnouts; pressure higher for NCCS B with this score going up to 78 percent.

72 percent Indians Associate Poor Mental Health with Depression, however, on a positive note Indians are exploring alternatives to de-stress – Music is the preferred choice for 86 percent Indians to cope with stress and negativity, 31 percent of the respondents turn to meditation, 29 percent of the respondents turn to yoga while 26 percent of the respondents turn to physical exercise to cope with stress.

Mood and Behaviour

With respect to behaviour, 44 percent GenZs vs 53 percent millennials are prone to mood fluctuations.

57 percent  GenZs believe “Excessive fear and worries" is one of the top indicators of Mental Health Issues. 52 percent GenZs believe that feeling tired and low energy is one of the top indicators of mental health issues. 47 percent said they take medicines as well as counselling to combat mental health issues.

Overall Wellbeing and Mental Health

54 percent of the Indian population believe that mental health is as important for over-all wellbeing.


On a positive note, the survey indicates that Indians reach out for professional help. 50 percent respondents/their family members opt for face-to-face counselling as a treatment, while 51 percent Indians who believe social media has a positive impact turn to online counselling as a treatment option.

Young adults are exploring alternatives to de-stress – Music is the preferred choice for 86 percent Indians to cope with stress and negativity.




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