India Eating Disorder Treatment Information & Resources
Organizations throughout India strive to make mental health care more easily accessible and reduce the stigma surrounding eating disorders nationwide.
India’s Eating Disorder Organizations & Charities
The MINDS Foundation recognizes that both stigma and economic burden keep many of India’s population from seeking help for mental health issues.
With centers in both North and South Goa, this non-profit specializes in helping children and adolescents struggling with mental health concerns.
Eating Disorder Specialists
Lakshmi Vijayakumar, M.D.
“In India, people with severe mental illnesses often turn to temples and shrines, not to doctors. Some social workers are trying to change this by focusing their efforts on India’s schools.” Read more here.
“Would I have developed anorexia nervosa had we not emigrated from India to Canada? Would I have felt compelled to engage in behaviors to the brink of death, only to have to battle and claw my way back to normalcy, somehow finding the strength to finish medical school in the process? Would I have fallen prey to the disorder if I hadn’t become involved in high school sports? And, paradoxically, did these same factors–being Indian and wanting to be competitive in sports–play a role in my recovery?” Read more here.
The MINDS Foundation works to reduce the stigma surrounding eating disorders and other mental health issues. Do you agree that this stigma is particularly strong in rural India? How does this affect children and young adults throughout the country who might be facing mental illness?