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Global Shortage Of Mental Health Service Providers Must Be Addressed

“On October 10, the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Committee on Children’s Rights at the United Nations commemorated World Mental Health Day, an official U.N. international day, with a side event on children’s psychosocial wellbeing,” Mahroo Moshari, a consultant on education and multicultural mental health issues, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog. “The event, titled, ‘Children’s Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing as Foundational Factors in Sustainable Development,’ featured many distinguished panelists including Scott Bloom, director of School Mental Health Services in NYC; Kerron Norman, vice president for community based programs at ANDRUS; Saji Thomas, UNICEF child protection specialist; and Roseanne Flores, associate professor in the department of psychology at Hunter College,” she notes. “For almost half of the world, there is only one psychiatrist per 200,000 people or more,” Moshari continues, outlining some of the topics discussed by the panel. “I was happy to hear that each one of the panelists talked about the need for more mental health services and the importance of reducing the stigma, shame and taboo of mental health across all cultures. By providing more services and reducing the stigma, we can create a healthier and happier society for all,” she concludes (10/16).

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