Mental Health in an Unequal World – World Mental Health Day 2021

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Last year, the world highlighted inequalities of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and the lack of respect for human rights, including those who lives with mental health issues. This matter even happens in many countries in the world. Therefore, the World Mental Health Federation commemorates this year’s Mental Health Day with the theme “Mental Health in an Unequal World”. This theme is expected to be a highlight regarding access to mental health services that are still unequal. People with mental health issues in low- and middle-income countries who still unable to access mental health services at all, are around 75% to 95% of percentage. Even in high-income countries, the percentage isn’t showing a better number.

In a research recently, evidence show that there were still deficiencies in the quality of care provided to people with mental health problems. It can take up to 15 years before medical, social and psychological treatment for mental illness that has been shown to work in good quality research studies is delivered to patients who need it in daily practice.

We are currently living in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a major impact on people’s mental health. Health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with poor mental health conditions, are particularly affected. Unfortunately, services for mental health, neurological, and substance use disorders are also significantly impacted and can’t work optimally.

We need to act, and act urgently.

“Grow in Everlasting Chances, Bloom in the Service for Others.”
VIVA AMSA!

References:
www.who.int
www.wfmh.global

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