Article published in August 2016 Source: WHO | Reforming mental health in Lebanon amid refugee crises
U.N. News Centre: On World Mental Health Day, Ban cites need of immediate support for post-crisis psychological distress “Marking World Mental Health Day 2016, the United Nations has highlighted the importance of making mental health care available to everyone who needs it — with a focus this year on providing immediate support to those in…More
Nature: The mental health crisis among migrants “…Europe is experiencing the largest movement of people since the Second World War. … Most came from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Many have experienced war, shock, upheaval, and terrible journeys, and they often have poor physical health. … What hasn’t been widely discussed is the enormous burden of…More
WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The October 2016 WHO Bulletin includes editorials, news, and research and policy articles on various topics including articles on training health workers to provide mental health care in the eastern Mediterranean, the impact of adding maternal and child health interventions to India’s mass measles vaccination campaign, and scaling…More
New York Times: Inside Venezuela’s Crumbling Mental Hospitals “The state-run psychiatric hospital here in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, has long been a forgotten place, filled with forgotten people. But with Venezuela suffering from a severe economic crisis, this mental institution has almost no drugs to control the afflictions tormenting its patients. At the invitation of doctors, reporters…More
The scarcity of mental health professionals places specialist psychiatric care out of the reach of most people in low and middle income countries.
In Kashmir Valley, amid the world’s largest and most militarized territorial dispute between India and Pakistan, medical organizations are turning to mental health care as brutal clashes leave scores of distraught survivors in their wake. A recent report by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) found that 93 percent of the Kashmiri population has experienced conflict-related trauma, and 45 percent –
WHO: Discrimination and negative attitudes about aging are bad for your health “New analysis by WHO shows that negative or ageist attitudes towards older people are widespread. They also negatively affect older people’s physical and mental health. Fully 60 percent of respondents in the WHO ‘World Values Survey’ reported that older people are not respected.…More
U.S. News & World Report: The Prison of Mental Illness in Indonesia “…Lacking psychiatrists is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to under-developed mental health systems. Without trained professionals leading the effort it’s difficult to design the entire infrastructure of a mental health system, from primary care providers up to psychiatric hospitals.…More
Washington Post: I treated kids in a Syrian hospital. We have no idea how to heal their trauma. John Kahler, pediatrician and volunteer with the Syrian American Medical Society “…[The war in Syria] is maiming children emotionally as well as physically. … [The] environment [in Aleppo] has led to epidemics of anxiety and depression among…More
High-quality information to measure the need for, and the uptake, cost, quality and impact of care is essential in the pursuit of scaling up mental health care in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).