With Regards To Mental Health, According To The WHO: "The Suffering Is Enormous."

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Not doing so well? Well, you're not alone because 1 in 8 of the world's population has a mental health problem. The WHO has decided to sound the alarm, and according to the organization, every nation must invest more in mental health.

Only 2%

Only 2% of national health budgets and 1% of all international health aid are devoted to mental illness. A WHO study; the most important in 20 years, calls on all nations to invest more in mental health. This investment is all the more important since the Covid crisis, depression, and anxiety are up by 25%.

The places of injustice

1 person out of 8 lives with a mental disorder. A disorder that increases strongly in conflict zones. There, 1 person out of 5 is suffering. This is why the WHO is alert! The suffering is enormous, and the investment is very low.

With the health crisis and the resulting restrictions, it is the people who were already suffering from mental problems as well as young people and women who have been the most affected. But the study also emphasizes an important point: the gap between countries regarding access to mental health care. 70% of people suffering from psychosis receive treatment in high-income countries, while this rate drops to 12% in low-income countries. It is also sad to note that 20 countries in the world still criminalize suicide, yet it represents 1 in 100 deaths worldwide.

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO

"Investing in mental health is an investment in a better life and future for all" Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. Photo: © Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via Reuters

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