Mental Illness Burden and Care: Facts and Figures

by Neerja Chowdhary and Vijay Shankar
SciDevNet, 16 March 2016

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http://www.scidev.net/global/health/feature/mental-illness-burden-care-facts-and-
figures.html
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Mental disorders such as anxiety, depression and suicide attempts are a reality for the poor as much as they are for the rich, even though they are often overlooked. Data from the WHO’s Mental health atlas 2014 show that suicide rates can be very similar between countries as different in income status as Vietnam and the United Kingdom, with five and six suicides per 100,000 people, respectively. But few people in the developing world get the mental healthcare they need, and many patients are treated inhumanely or offered treatments that do more harm than good.

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