Crowdfunding has become India’s most viable alternative to medical insurance. Sometimes, because of its dynamic nature, crowdfunding can be a better option than medical insurance even, which depends on the premium one can pay to the company. NGO crowdfunding and medical crowdfunding is therefore is becoming commoner by the day. Crowdfunding platforms like Harvard incubated Impact Guru helps in the process.

One of the ways crowdfunding even beats medical insurance is when it is able to provide for illnesses that are not paid enough attention to by insurance companies. Mental illnesses head this list. Latest studies claim that 13.7% of Indians are mentally ill. These illnesses range from conditions that prevent them from engaging in day to day activities to those that may result in depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts etc. Depression can happen even without suicidal thoughts or without any other underlying mental illness.

Often, it is shoved away as general sadness. Depression and sadness are not the same thing. People with mental illnesses need regular psychotherapy. Unfortunately, psychotherapy can be expensive with costs ranging anything between 300 to more than 1000 rupees per session that usually lasts fifty minutes to an hour. A lot of people cannot afford this amount of money regularly. Students particularly are known to suffer from mental illnesses in silence. If students registered with universities have to go through this, imagine what the poor must go through.

And yes, rightly guessed, India’s poor have very little access to mental healthcare: a bad situation when latest data claims that poor men are more likely to kill themselves than rich men. Poor women, on the other hand, keep suffering stigma due to mental illnesses silently. All of these people should be brought under treatment for mental illness and psychotherapy is the first such treatment. Crowdfunding can be the key to solving this.

How do we provide people with psychotherapy? If you are an NGO working in the field that has tired itself of applying for funds to the government or to international organizations, you can start a crowdfunding attempt. All you need to do is to start a fundraiser at Impact Guru. If you are an individual person with mental illness who needs psychotherapy and who has no money for various reasons, you can start a fundraiser too. In these situations, we will make sure particularly that you do not feel alone.

Our campaign manager will get in touch with you and help you with spreading the information far and wide among social media friends and acquaintances. Soon, money will start coming in. All of this will be done online so you need not go through the hassle of having to go through offline running about. We will handle this with the most sensitivity possible.

Remember that there are other people out there willing to help you and that you are not alone. Impact Guru is merely connecting you to the thousands of people who are willing to support people with mental illnesses. We do this as part of our job. You have already taken a brave step by looking at crowdfunding as a possible option. Stay positive. You will recover!