Mental Health Global Burden of Disease

Astrea Villarroel-Sanchez

Mental health issues as an aspect of human health are met throughout the world with a myriad of different responses. While in some areas of the world treatment for mental illness is highly developed with widespread access, many more regions do not have comprehensive healthcare systems that include mental health services accessible to most citizens. The prevalence of specific mental health issues is varied across geographical areas and can often present itself symptomatically in diverse ways, causing difficulty in correctly identifying illness. And among the largest barriers to treatment is the presence of stigma against those who suffer, which prevails virtually regardless of region. This report aims to highlight disparities in mental health resource access, diversified symptomization, and overall stigma toward mental health issues as the largest causes in extending the burden of disease caused by mental illness.


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