Musical pill for people with mental illness

New Delhi: A young psychiatrist has come up with a song to fight stigma attached with people suffering from mental disorders and to create awareness in the society on their plight.

The video song `phool kho gaye` composed and sung by Dr Madhusudan, working with the Safdarjung hospital here, is getting support and appreciation from people, NGOs and fellow doctors.

The composition is aimed at bringing awareness towards the suffering of mentally ill people.

According to Colonel (retd) A K Mehndiratta, president of NGO `Prayatan` which works for the rehabilitation of mentally challenged patients, said the song truly explains the problems faced by such patients and how the stigma and attitude of people forces them to continue to suffer in silence.

"I was deeply concerned about the condition of the people having psychiatric disorders and it was indeed painful to see that many patients either don`t seek treatment at all or stop treatment due the stigma attached to psychiatric disorders and treatment," Madhusudan, a senior resident doctor with the Psychiatry department, said.

"I realised that there was a huge lack of awareness and support in our society towards such patients. Hence, I decided to do something about it and composed a song to sensitise people about the gravity of this issue," he said.

Madhusudan, a gold medallist in psychiatry, has written and sung a variety of songs including one on Delhi Metro.

He has also formed a band called `Leelantrance`.