Mental health needs realistic treatment – or we face decades of wasted time

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The United Nations regularly declares that “there is no health without mental health.” It’s a statement that holds much truth, yet little meaning in relation to mental health’s standing in the development sector and governmental policies.

About 13% of all global illnesses are said to be related to mental health, and in low and middle-income countries it’s reported that up to four in five people fail to receive proper treatment or care. This, combined with the fact that a majority of the developing countries dedicate less than 2% of their health budget to mental health care (pdf), is a reflection of how inadequate awareness of the issue is.

Source: The Guardian (link opens in a new window)

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