Leonard Cheshire Development Centre

Mental Disability, Stigma and Multidimensional Poverty in India

The final dissemination workshop was held in New Delhi, India on the 15th June 2013. Information about the launch and the presentation given during the event can be found here [link]

Research partnership: Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre in collaboration with the Research Department of Mental Health Science at UCL, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative

Mental illness can impact household economic status


Mental illness can impact household economic status. Photo credit: Leonard Cheshire Disability/Mimi Mollica

This pilot study aims to identify the association between stigma, mental illness and poverty in peri-urban and urban communities of National Capital Territory of Delhi, India. In particular, it explores the level and depth of poverty among persons with mental illness in the context of multidimensional poverty. Research includes people with the two internationally recognised categories of severe mental illness, schizophrenia and affective disorders (as defined in the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases, ICD-10) which occur either in mild, moderate or severe forms.

The project considers the levels of poverty experienced by people with such impairments and the impact their disabilities have on the economic status of their households. It also considers these issues in comparison to households not associated with mental illness. To date we have conducted over 600 household surveys with people with mental illness and another 600 with other people who form a control group. A series of focus group discussions with people with mental illness are planned and will provide a qualitative component to this study.