This is a blog for the Mental Health Policy Class at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

September 6, 2007

Mentally ill 'suffering neglect'

Mentally ill people in the developing world are being badly neglected, according to a study published in the Lancet medical journal. The authors say mental illness makes up about 14% of global disease, more than cancer or heart disease.
Up to 800,000 people commit suicide each year, mostly in poorer countries. Despite this, the authors say, 90% of sufferers in developing countries receive no care - and in some cases are chained to trees or kept in cages.

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