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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.”

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