WHO Says Nearly One Billion People Have Mental Disorder

From the data available on social and economic inequalities, public health emergencies, wars, and climate crises are one of the global structural threats to mental health.

In the first year of the pandemic alone, depression and anxiety are said to have increased by more than 25%. It provided an example of good habits that recognize and should be implemented as soon as possible.

in recognition of the important role that mental health played in positive and sustainable development.

“Everyone’s life touches someone with a mental health condition. Good mental health translates to good physical health and this new report makes a compelling case for change.

“The inextricable links between mental health and public health, human rights, and socio-economic development mean that transforming policy and practice in mental health can deliver real, substantive benefits for individuals, communities, and countries.

“ Investment into mental health is an investment into a better life and future for all,’’ WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus said

Ghebreyesus said that even before COVID-19 hit, only a small fraction of people in need of help had access to effective, affordable, and quality mental health treatment, citing the latest available global data from 2019.

“The gap between rich and poor nations highlights unequal access to healthcare, as seven in 10 people with psychosis receive treatment in high-income countries, compared to only 12 percent in low-income countries,’’ Ghebreyesus said.

According to him, the situation is more dramatic for cases of depression, pointing to gaps in assistance across all countries including high-income ones.

“ Only one-third of people who suffer from depression receive formal mental health care.

“Although high-income countries offer ‘minimally-adequate’ treatment for depression in 23 percent of cases, this drops to just three percent in low and lower-middle-income countries,’’ he said.

“We need to transform our attitudes, actions, and approaches to promote and protect mental health, and to provide and care for those in need.

“We can and should do this by transforming the environments that influence our mental health and by developing community-based mental health services capable of achieving universal health coverage for mental health,’’ he said.

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