Teja Pattabiraman

Public Health & Molecular Cell Biology
Spring 2019

As suicide rates increase among women in India, particularly below the age of 35, it is critically important to identify the unique factors which perpetuate poor mental wellbeing and mental illnesses among this demographic. Gender discrimination, societal pressures, family expectations, and domestic violence, all stemming from a historically patriarchal culture, have been identified as primary factors, but little is known regarding the impact of the environment in conjunction with these elements. As urban areas rapidly adopt Western movements, and rural areas linger in traditional values, these existing factors vary in their contribution and relevance to women’s mental health. In my research, I will be analyzing the different influences on mental health between rural and urban environments, with an emphasis on gender, cultural values, and their environment. I will also identify the efficiency of current strategies being utilized to promote mental wellbeing. With this data, we will be able to identify appropriate strategies to promote mental health care moving forward.