MORE MONEY FOR MENTAL HEALTH NEEDED
AHEAD of World Mental Health Day later this year (10 October), the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed some shocking statistics about mental health around the world, and how much is spent on looking after it.
The WHO says that nearly one billion people on our planet suffer from a mental health disorder. That’s around 12% of the world’s population.
Despite this number, an average of just 2% of health budgets is spent on mental health around the world. Less than 1% of all the money used to help those in developing countries goes towards mental health.
It’s for this reason that the WHO has teamed up with partner organisations United for Global Mental Health and the World Federation for Mental Health to call on countries around the world to invest more in mental health this September.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO, said: “We are already seeing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s mental wellbeing. Unless we make serious commitments to scale up investment in mental health right now… the consequences will be far-reaching.”