World Failed To Achieve 2020 Mental Health Target: WHO

In 2020 the world missed most of the mental health targets and has failed to provide people with mental health services amid the coronavirus pandemic reported the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday.

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In 2020 the world missed most of the mental health targets and has failed to provide people with mental health services amid the coronavirus pandemic reported the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday.

A clear indication has been published in the latest edition of the Atlas which includes data from 171 countries, according to this edition there is an increased attention that is given to mental health in recent years has yet to result in a scale-up of quality mental services that is associated with needs.

The Atlas is issued every three years and it’s a compilation of data which is provided by the countries around the world on mental health policies, legislation, financing, human resources, availability and utilization of services and data collection system. It is also a way of mechanism for monitoring progress towards meeting the targets in WHO’s Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan.

“It is extremely concerning that, despite the evident and increasing need for mental health services, which has become even more acute during the Covid-19 pandemic, good intentions are not being met with investment,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

“We must heed and act on this wake-up call and dramatically accelerate the scale-up of investment in mental health, because there is no health without mental health,” he added.

In 2020 just 51 per cent of WHO’s 194 member states reported that their mental health policy or plan was in line with international and regional human rights instruments, way short of the 80 per cent target. The target relating to mental health promotion and prevention was met by only 52 per cent of countries but yet well below the 80 per cent target.

The report released every three years said, reduction in the rate of suicide by 10 per cent, was the only target met, but even then, only 35 countries had a stand-alone prevention strategy, policy or plan.

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“It is extremely concerning that, despite the evident and increasing need for mental health services, which has become even more acute during the Covid-19 pandemic, good intentions are not being met with investment,” WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in a statement.

“We must heed and act on this wake-up call and dramatically accelerate the scale-up of investment in mental health, because there is no health without mental health,” he added.

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