There is an urgent need to understand human behaviour to aid policymaking. Why do people refuse to wear masks? Why do they insist on leaving their homes despite no urgent requirement? Behavioural insights can help governments nudge people towards socially desirable behaviour.
Posts published by “Josika Mahindru”Josika Mahindru is a second-year student of Psychology at Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi. She is currently a writer at the Covid-19 Helpline, a student mental health initiative. She is a passionate feminist and mental health advocate. With an active interest in research, she works at the intersection between psychology and public policy.
In the next ten years, India could account for one-third of the world’s mental illness cases. Yet, only 0.06 percent of GDP is currently allocated to the problem. The Mental Health Care Act 2017 was a step in the right direction, but it needs to be better adapted to India's unique context.