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Sexual Violence Rampant In War-Torn South Sudan, Amnesty International Report Shows

Associated Press: South Sudan Sexual Violence on ‘Massive Scale,’ Report Says “…Four years into South Sudan’s devastating civil war, the world’s youngest nation is reeling from sexual violence on a ‘massive scale,’ a new Amnesty International report says. Thousands of women, children, and some men are suffering in silence, grappling…

Mental Health Needs Stronger Inclusion In SDGs, Advocates Say

SciDev.Net: View on Disability: SDGs lack mental health ambition “Depression is the second largest contributor to disability worldwide, reveals an analysis for a major health study. … Critics from the FundaMentalSDG initiative, which aims to strengthen mental health inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), argue that this evidence raises…

SDGs Must Include More Specific Mental Health Targets

WhyDev: Where is mental health in the SDGs? Minto Felix, the mental health programs coordinator at Monash University and a mental health campaigner at Australians for Mental Health, writes, “The entire way in which the global community engages with mental health requires reform.” He proposes several mental health targets he…

Many West African Ebola Workers Now Facing Mental Health, Addiction Issues

Wall Street Journal: Ebola Still Takes Mental Toll on West Africa’s ‘Burial Boys’ “As Ebola fades, a mental health crisis is coming in its wake. At the height of the outbreak, West African countries that had no more than a roomful of doctors and too few nurses threw thousands of…

WHO Report Calls For Greater Focus On Adolescent Health, Particularly Mental Health

WHO: WHO calls for stronger focus on adolescent health “WHO’s ‘Health for the world’s adolescents’ report reveals that depression is the predominant cause of illness and disability for both boys and girls aged 10 to 19 years. The top three causes of adolescent deaths globally are road traffic injuries, HIV/AIDS,…

Global Agenda Must Integrate Mental Health

Washington Post: Global agenda must include mental health Annie Sovcik, director of the Washington office of the Center for Victims of Torture “Access to mental health and psychosocial support must be an integral part of the global health agenda. … Global leaders recently convened in Washington to advance the Global…

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