World Health Organisation (WHO) Mental Health Report 2022

WHO Mental Health Report 2022 sounds the alarm on a global mental health crisis and an urgent need to commit to systemic change in mental healthcare systems and services. Emphasis has been placed on public health budgets needing to see mental health and mental health services and careers as a priority, while jobs and pay in this sector continue to remain isolated, segregated and poorly incentivised. Quoting ‘nearly a billion people, including 14% of the world’s adolescents are living with a mental disorder’ and ‘1 in 100 deaths accounted for in suicide…, 58% of which take their lives before age 50’, while ‘severe preventable mental health conditions are reducing the lifespan of sufferers by an average of 10 to 20 years, as compared with the general population’. Now is the time for a change!

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