“But I’m Essential”: My Mental Health Wish List for Budget Session 2021

Although I’m almost sure that none of my wishes would be fulfilled by the government, I am still writing this article.

Credit: Rashi Trehan

To me, ‘essential but unemployed’ mental health professionals became a profound paradox of the year 2020.

Given the competing priorities due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, I’d go even lower: just Rs 10,000 crore for the NMHP. In my view, that would be a good start.

“But mental health is essential!”



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Ajay Gulzar

Psychology. Policy. Law. Poetry. LAMP Fellow, 2015–16. Alumnus: JNV, University of Delhi, IIT Bombay.