According to 2018 reports from the Indian Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the country needs at least 13,000 psychiatrists – there were only about 3,500. The situation regarding other mental health professionals was worse – there were only about 1,000 clinical psychologists nationwide versus the requirement of at least 20,000. Psychiatric social workers numbered approximately 35,000 versus 900 available. There were only 1,500 psychiatric nurses versus the 30,000 the country needed.


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