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Indonesia Making Progress To Improve Mental Health Care Services, U.S. News Reports

U.S. News & World Report: The Prison of Mental Illness in Indonesia “…Lacking psychiatrists is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to under-developed mental health systems. Without trained professionals leading the effort it’s difficult to design the entire infrastructure of a mental health system, from primary care…

WHO Moving Toward Delisting Transgender As Mental Disorder In Medical Codebook

New York Times: WHO Weighs Dropping Transgender Identity From List of Mental Disorders “The World Health Organization is moving toward declassifying transgender identity as a mental disorder in its global list of medical conditions, with a new study lending additional support to a proposal that would delete the decades-old designation.…

Sierra Leone’s Trauma Counselors Work To Assist Ebola Survivors

The Guardian: Mental health experts in Sierra Leone aim to pluck out heart of Ebola mystery “…For nearly two years, Ebola stormed across this corner of West Africa, devastating communities and health systems that were already among the world’s poorest. But within that public health emergency was a second crisis,…

Lancet Series Examines Burden Of Untreated Mental Health Disorders In India, China

New York Times: China and India Burdened by Untreated Mental Disorders “The growing burden of untreated mental disorders in the world’s two most populous countries, India and China, cannot be adequately addressed without changes to their health care systems and by training folk healers to become collaborators, a new report…

Mental Health Stigma Could Be Lessened, Treatment Improved Through Legislation

The Guardian: Mental health laws would diminish stigma and improve the lives of millions Laura Davidson, barrister and international development consultant “…Despite compelling economic arguments for investing in mental health, stigma perpetuates the lack of resources allocated. So what can be done? A mental health law which enshrines the rights…

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