This blog provides details of the pilot mental health prevalence survey conducted in Vientiane Capital in 2014-15 jointly by the Lao PDR Ministry of Health, BasicNeeds and the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research.
We need to be clear, however, and accept the reality that ill mental health is not only limited to persons with severe mental disorders confined to psychiatric hospitals. Ill mental health is a widespread but often “invisible” phenomenon.
The International Day for Persons with Disabilities is celebrated on Dec 3 every year. This year the theme is Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities, and one of the sub-themes is – Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development.
Yesterday celebrities and public figures signed an open letter asking the UK government to make support for mental healthcare equal to that of physical healthcare. Perhaps its time we did the same for global mental health?