Using mobile phone surveys to measure levels, trends, and disparities in mental health
This Policy Brief summarizes and presents policy recommendations based on research in “Measurement of population mental health: Evidence from mobile phone survey in India,” a research paper by Diane Coffey, Payal Hathi, Nazar Khalid and Amit Thorat.
This brief draws on Social Attitudes Research, India (SARI), a mobile phone survey that interviews adults aged 18 to 65. In Bihar, Jharkhand, & Maharashtra, SARI measured respondents’ mental health using two different sets of questions. This is the first time a survey has measured population mental health in India with a phone survey.