Global Health Community Should No Longer Ignore Mental Health, Especially Among Populations Affected By Conflict
The Guardian: The global community is failing to address mental health
Laila Soudi, researcher at Stanford University School of Medicine and director of mental health at the Syrian American Medical Society, and Vikram Patel, Wellcome Trust principal research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and co-founder of Sangath
“When it comes to mental health, the global health community has failed. … Our failure … is that we have left large proportions of those affected … without access to even basic mental health care from which they can greatly benefit. … The consequences are grave, not only for the mental health of the individuals affected, but also for their physical health and the wellbeing of families and society at large. This unmet need for mental health services is greatest among populations affected by conflict and displacement. … Untreated, the impact of conflict on mental health can endure for years, and over generations, at great cost to society. With more than 60 million people displaced by war, conflict, or persecution, now is the time for the global health community to wake up and realize what’s at stake if we keep ignoring mental health” (7/25).