On Improving Mental Health, Every Nation is “Developing”

Globally, mental health support services are woefully lacking or non-existent, making every nation in the world “developing” on that front, write a surprising duo—WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Lady Gaga—in a Guardian editorial marking World Mental Health Day.
 
More than 800,000 people will kill themselves this year, yet less than 1% of global aid goes to mental health, they write. And too often, “those with treatable conditions are criminalized—literally chained up in inhumane conditions, cut off from the rest of society without hope.” Ghana’s 'prayer camps' that chain residents with mental health problems, covered by the BBC, are just one example.
 
But there are hopeful signs, too—like Zimbabwe’s grandmothers who offer evidence-based counseling sessions on benches; exciting new mobile providing platforms to foster dialogue, and Sri Lanka’s dedicated mental healthcare framework.

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