By Shabbir Hussain
ISLAMABAD, June 20 ( Diplomatic Star): The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that about one billion people around the world are suffering from some kind of mental illness.
The latest WHO data is even more disturbing that every seventh of these one billion people are young.
The first year of the Corona virus epidemic, the rate of problems such as depression and anxiety increased by 25 %, the WHO said.
In the most broader health review review of this century, the World Health Organization has called on more countries to prepare to cope with the deteriorating conditions.
The World Health Organization, while acknowledging the measures taken for mental health for positive and sustainable development, encouraged them to be implemented as soon as possible.
World Health Organization Director Tedros Edhanom Gabris said that every person’s life affects someone’s mental health.
“Good mental health is a reflection of good physical health and this new report makes our attitudes change inevitable,” he said.
He said that the relationship between mental health and public health, human rights and socio -economic development cannot be eliminated, which means that policy and strategy for mental health should be changed so that people, communities and communities are everywhere. Real and important benefits can be available to countries.
Investing for mental health is equivalent to a better life and investment in the future, he said.
Referring to the latest available global data of 2019, WHO said that only a small part of those needed mental health treatment before the arrival of Corona epidemic had access to effective, affordable and standard facilities It was.
The WHO cited that more than 70 % of people suffering from psychiatric disorders do not get the help they need.
The difference between rich and poor countries is also significant with unequal access to health care, with 7 out of every 10 people suffering from psychiatric illnesses in high -income countries, while in low -income countries this rate is only 12 The percentage is.
According to the WHO, this situation is more dramatic in terms of depression treatment, only one -third of depression suffers from depression in all countries, including high -income countries.
The WHO added that high -income countries provide ‘minimum suitable’ treatment of depression in 23 % cases, but in low and middle -income countries, the rate is only 3 %.
“We need to change our attitudes, actions and procedures to raise awareness and protect the mental health and help those in this regard,” said the chief WHO.
“We can and should do so by changing our mental health environment and giving access to global health care facilities at the community level,” he said.