Less than half of the population in need have access to mental health services in the world

The world has great mental health challenges.

The world has great mental health challenges.

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Less than fifty% of people who suffer from some mental disorder in the world receive the medical care you need, according to data from the World Health Organization.

This is particularly worrisome when the pandemic keep causing fear and uncertainty, which has caused a rise in demand of these services.

In the Atlas about Health Mintl of the WHO expresses that only 51% of the 194 states members had a national mental health plan in 2020, consistent with the international standards in matters of human rights.

Meanwhile, just the 52% had programs prevention and promotion of mental health.

The WHO countries In both cases, the nations had traced the goal of reaching 80% last year.


Regarding the money going to mental health, the budgets have been stagnant for years with an average of just 2% of the total that is invested in general in health.

An important, although insufficient, improvement has to do with a 10% reduction in the overall rate of suicides, a figure that could improve when noticing that barely 35 out of 194 countries members have prevention strategies in this regard.

Another positive news is the one referring to the increase in the countries in which the treatment of people who suffer mental disorders is included in the systems social Security or other reimbursement mechanisms, which passed to 80% in 2020 from 73% that was registered in 2017.

Upon mental health workers, has gone from nine per 100,000 inhabitants in 2014 to 13 per 100,000 in 2020.

In May 2021, during the World Assembly on Mental Health, all the governments of the world recognized that it is necessary to expand quality mental health services to all levels.


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