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Blog Post Outlines 10 Top Global Health Issues For 2015

Humanosphere: 10 Global health issues to watch in 2015 In a guest post, Margarite Nathe, senior writer for IntraHealth International, outlines 10 top global health issues for 2015, including mental health, cancer, HIV/AIDS, family planning, mobile technology, global health security and surveillance, war and civil unrest, Ebola, the post-2015 development…

India Needs Real Reform To Address High Suicide Rate, Mental Health ‘Crisis’

New York Times: India’s Mental Health Crisis Editorial Board “On Oct. 10, the government of India announced an ambitious new policy to provide universal mental health services. … India has the highest number of suicides in the world. According to the World Health Organization, of 804,000 suicides recorded worldwide in…

Blog Post Examines Global Burden Of Mental Illness

Humanosphere: Visualizing the most neglected disease: Mental illness In a guest post, Amy VanderZanden, a communications data specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), discusses the global burden of mental health disorders, which “made up virtually the same proportion of disability in the population…

Ban Calls For Improved Care For Schizophrenia On World Mental Health Day

U.N. News Centre: On World Mental Health Day, Ban calls for improved care for schizophrenia “Suffering from schizophrenia should not have to mean enduring ‘a life sentence of isolation and poor physical health,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Friday] as he urged the creation of better support networks and services for…

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…

Children Are Main Victims Of War, UNICEF Reports

VOA News: UNICEF Says Children Main Victims of War “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports children are the main victims of war, with many suffering mental stress that will last a lifetime…” (Schlein, 9/23).

WHO Calls For Action To Improve Suicide Prevention Efforts Worldwide

News outlets report on the WHO’s first-ever report (.pdf) on suicide, released on Thursday. Agence France-Presse: One person commits suicide every 40 seconds: WHO “One person commits suicide every 40 seconds — more than all the yearly victims of wars and natural disaster — with the highest toll among the…

HCWs Need Additional Information On How To Manage Stress During Ebola Response

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: For Health Workers on Ebola’s Front Lines, Stress Management is Crucial John Liebhardt, a digital librarian with the HRH Global Resource Center at IntraHealth International, says more information must be disseminated on how health care workers responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa can manage the stress…