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Title:
AN OVERVIEW OF CSR INITIATIVES IN MENTAL HEALTHCARE IN INDIA

Authors:
Meher Gupta

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Meher Gupta
The Shri Ram School, Moulsari

MLA 8
Gupta, Meher. "AN OVERVIEW OF CSR INITIATIVES IN MENTAL HEALTHCARE IN INDIA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 4, no. 11, Nov. 2019, pp. 7063-7070, ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=536. Accessed Nov. 2019.
APA
Gupta, M. (2019, November). AN OVERVIEW OF CSR INITIATIVES IN MENTAL HEALTHCARE IN INDIA. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 4(11), 7063-7070. Retrieved from ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=536
Chicago
Gupta, Meher. "AN OVERVIEW OF CSR INITIATIVES IN MENTAL HEALTHCARE IN INDIA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 4, no. 11 (November 2019), 7063-7070. Accessed November, 2019. ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=536.

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Abstract:
The discourse surrounding mental health in India is characterized by a widespread misunderstanding of mental illnesses and disorders and stigma which has to lead to its exclusion from the public healthcare system. Corporate Social Responsibility by companies of a certain class was made compulsory by the Companies Act, 2013. Healthcare is one of the most popular fields that companies launch their CSR initiatives, with 24% of the overall CSR spending in India being allocated to it. The paper has examined the attention attributed to mental health in CSR in India and has found that CSR spending in this sector has been minimal, even in the absence of public facilities. Despite initiatives launched by select conglomerates including the Tata Group and Reliance Industries, this sector has largely been invisibilized by corporate India. This paper has looked into the efficiency and effectiveness of CSR programs in India that aim to generate awareness about mental health and provide diagnostic treatments. It has been found that mental healthcare in India has largely been unexplored, not only in terms of public and private initiatives but also in terms of research. Lastly, this paper has also provided policy recommendations to improve the outreach and impact of Corporate Social Responsibility targeted at providing mental healthcare to the underprivileged.