WHO Focuses on Mental Health

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WHO Focuses on Mental Health


MANILA, Philippines - The World Health Organization (WHO) encouraged governments Monday to increase investments for mental health as it revealed that there has been no significant progress in mental health care in low and middle-income countries in the last decades.In the recent regional committee meeting held in Manila, Dr. Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director the Western Pacific, reported the situation of mental health in low and middle-income countries to the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, WHO's governing body in the region.According to Shin, more progress on managing mental health has to be made with the high rates of depression and suicide. The number of Alzheimer's disease cases has also increased due to ageing populations in many countries, Shin said in a statement.Financial and human resources allocated for mental health are inadequate, especially in low-resource countries, the WHO official noted, adding that the majority of low- and middle-income countries spend less than 2 percent of their health budgets on mental health."Barriers still exist that prevent the successful implementation of mental health programs. It is therefore important to motivate and empower health professionals to provide much-needed mental health services," Shin said. …

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