Shockingly, 68 percent of respondents said those suffering from mental health disorders should not be given responsibility. On this day, people come forward to talk about the importance of mental illness and support its causes and effects on people worldwide.
"Youths needs to be taught healthy coping mechanisms and awareness of ways to look after their mental health", Kufre said. Yet young people are facing unprecedented pressures in life, leading to anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
"These findings are suggestive of a prevalent attitude within Indian society that those suffering from mental health conditions should be ostracised". It also said that the country lacks a community based mental health service centre.
Jane Ashby leader of the Doncaster School Nurses team, said "Quite often families are hard for young people, so just having someone they can talk to that's not necessarily a parent but somebody they can just talk freely to is kind of what our role is".
Dagg adds that if people ignore their mental well-being, it could have devastating impacts on their physical health. "Even treated mental illness often shortens life, so untreated mental illness is even more substantial of an issue".
Sue Abderholden, is the executive director with the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Minnesota.
"This way we do away with the individualism that is crippling into our social fabric, and is getting the best of our youth and young people, pushing them into drug and alcohol use".
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Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated, according to the World Health Organization.
According to Dr. Bhandary, prevention begins with greater awareness and understanding of the early warning signs and symptoms of mental illnesses.
In a research paper released yesterday to coincide with World Mental Health Day, the RFDS said despite the prevalence of mental illness being similar in the bush and city, residents of very remote areas were twice as likely to die from suicide.
By tackling mental health stigma and helping people understand that mental health belongs to everybody, employers will see productivity, staff retention, and sickness rates improve - it is an issue that businesses can't afford to ignore.
World Mental Health Day should give Indians pause for thought to consider what is a veritable public health crisis that - thanks to stigma - is brewing in silence.
"It drains the hospital a lot because what it means is that we are buying medications for them for the mental illness, when they fall sick physically, we have to take care of them and sometimes we have to take them out to other health facilities and we have to pay".