Break The Mental Health Barrier

Posted on September 16, 2015

Among adolescents worldwide, around 20% have mental disorders or problems (World Health Organization, 2012).

It is extremely concerning that mental health resources are most scarce in areas with the highest levels of mental health disorders. Meaning, there is a shortage of social workers, psychiatrists and nurses where the need is the greatest.

In the long-term, this could lead to an increased risk of suicide attempts, educational underachievement, unemployment, and early parenthood among young adults.

The World Health Organization (2012) states that a key barrier to increasing mental health services is a lack of public health leadership. If we want change, we need to continue to talk about mental health issues, and combat the stigma that mental disorders are untreatable.

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Category(s):Mental Health in Asia

Source material from Huffington Post