Mental health is a rapidly-growing public health issue in Bhutan, and it is essential that we address this problem head-on.

According to Dr Damber Kumar Nirola, a leading psychiatrist in the country, workplace stress is becoming more and more common, especially in the aftermath of the pandemic. This is causing serious mental health problems for many people, including those who continue to work in an organisation after others have left for studies.

As more and more employees leave abroad for better opportunities, those who remain are left with additional responsibilities, leading to a significant increase in work-related stress. This stress can lead to a range of mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, and burnout. It is essential that we take action to address this problem before it spirals out of control.

As one civil servant noted, the high cost of living in Bhutan means that many people struggle to make ends meet, even with a decent salary. This financial stress can have a significant impact on mental well-being, leading to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

Unfortunately, the current stand-alone policies are not doing enough to address these issues. It is clear that a more comprehensive approach is needed to tackle this growing crisis.

We need to invest in mental health services, provide support for those who are struggling with financial stress, and create a more supportive workplace culture that prioritises the mental health and well-being of employees.

We must also work to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues in Bhutan.

Many people who are struggling with mental health problems are afraid to seek help due to fear of discrimination or ostracism. We need to create a more open and supportive society that encourages people to seek help when they need it.

Mental health issue in Bhutan needs urgent action. By investing in mental health services, supporting those who are struggling with financial stress, and creating a more supportive workplace culture, we can create a society that prioritises the mental health and well-being of all its citizens.