This blog has been created to introduce you to mental health issues around the world, many of which are unique to particular cultures. While most of you already have some knowledge about mental health, I encourage you to read some of the articles, watch some of the videos, and think about some of the dilemmas presented here. The consequences of mental illness for the sufferer, their family, and society are staggering when left untreated.
WHO Calls For End To Stigma On World Mental Health Day
"Wednesday (October 10th) is World Mental Health Day," VOA News reports, noting, "The World Health Organization is using the occasion to call for an end to stigma against those who suffer from depression and other mental disorders" (DeCapua, 10/9). Depression affects 350 million people worldwide, with nearly five percent of the world's population suffering from depression annually, according to Medical Daily (Tucker, 10/9). More than three-quarters of people living with mental health disorders reside in developing countries, BBC News notes, adding, "According to the World Health Organization (WHO), eight in every 10 of those living in developing nations receive no treatment at all" (Roberts, 10/10). The WHO "warns stigma is a huge problem that prevents many people from seeking help," VOA writes (10/9).