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World J Psychiatry. Jan 19, 2022; 12(1): 117-127
Published online Jan 19, 2022. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v12.i1.117
Mental health promotion for elderly populations in World Health Organization South-East Asia Region: Needs and resource gaps
Nisha Mani Pandey, Rakesh Kumar Tripathi, Sujita Kumar Kar, K L Vidya, Nitika Singh
Nisha Mani Pandey, Rakesh Kumar Tripathi, K L Vidya, Department of Geriatric Mental Health, King George's Medical University, Lucknow 226003, Uttar Pradesh, India
Sujita Kumar Kar, Nitika Singh, Department of Psychiatry, King George's Medical University, Lucknow 226003, Uttar Pradesh, India
Author contributions: Pandey NM conceptualized the topic, prepared an outline, and discussed the research question for writing the manuscript; Kar SK wrote the introduction; Pandey NM wrote about the approach adopted for preparing the manuscript; Singh N and Vidya KL were involved in data acquisition and contributed to writing two subsections of the manuscript; Tripathi RK prepared the discussion part; Pandey NM prepared the abstract and the core tip by Kar SK; all authors reviewed the article, gave their valuable input.
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Corresponding author: Nisha Mani Pandey, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Geriatric Mental Health, King George's Medical University, Shahmina Road Chowk, Lucknow 226003, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Received: February 27, 2021
Peer-review started: February 27, 2021
First decision: October 17, 2021
Revised: October 25, 2021
Accepted: November 29, 2021
Article in press: November 29, 2021
Published online: January 19, 2022
Core Tip

Core Tip: In gross domestic product South-East Asia Region Organization (SEARO) countries, the aging population is increasing exponentially; with this increment, mental health issues and care needs are increasing drastically. The mental health promotion of elderly people needs adequate awareness, enough human resources and infrastructure, good psychosocial support, the use of innovations in care, research, and reasonable funding. The mental health care needs of the elderly in SEARO countries are tremendously high, and there is a considerable gap in terms of trained human resources and infrastructure. Thus, there is a need to recognize both at-risk activities and the current care deficiencies that need to be resolved in the right direction for the potential boom that we foresee occurring in the elderly population.