WHO Says Mental Health Should Be Prioritized

In accordance with the World Health Organization, mental health is defined as the well-being of individuals, who are aware of their abilities, as well as able to cope with the daily stress that appears in their life.

People who are mentally healthy can work productively, making a contribution to their community

The World Health Organization states that lately, the number of people mental problems have been increasing, and the number of people who suffer from conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, stress, or anxiety is quite alarming.

In addition to that, there is an enormous problem caused by the low number of facilities meant to deal with such problems.

One of the main consequences of these issues is represented by the increased rate of people who commit suicide.

According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) report that was released on Tuesday, mental health care across the globe is in a very difficult situation. It appears that 1 in 10 people suffer from a mental disorder.

In addition to this problem, the number of mental health workers is extremely low, being 9 per 100,000 people.

Poor Countries Don’t Invest in Mental Health Care

Since these problems are more serious than imagined, all countries should invest more in improving mental care. It appears that this issue should be taken more seriously, especially during economic crises since this is one of the main problems that brings, not only increased depression but also suicide rates.

The WHO report also states that global spending on mental health is much higher in rich countries than in low and middle-income countries, where there are spent only $2 per person, yearly.

Untrained Staff is an Important Issue

But the money spent on mental health is not the only problem encountered in many countries. The training of the primary staff in this field represents another important issue.

Many less developed countries might not be concentrating on these issues, but living in a dysfunctional world with class differences, poverty, as well as many other problems, makes it mandatory to take care of people’s mental health.

Suicide Rates Higher in Rich Countries

Also, suicide prevention should become a priority, in both developed and less rich countries. However, the suicide rates seem to be higher in
high-income countries even though the governments invests in programs aimed at prevention.


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