Measuring mental distress and access to services in the Kashmir Valley, India

Globally, psychological disorders make up a large proportion of disease burden and are recognised as the leading cause of years of life lived with a disability. In countries and contexts affected by conflict, the combination of exposure to traumatic experiences, restrictions on economic development and the breakdown of traditional social support mechanisms place the population at increased risk of psychological distress. This project is a mixed-methods research project which measured the prevalence of mental distress in adults in living in a context of protracted in the Kashmir Valley, India. The study also explores community knowledge and access to mental health services and perceived service needs.