THE World Health Organisation’s world mental health report says mental health is the leading cause of disability. How did the pandemic impact our mental health?
What are the signs and how can we keep ourselves mentally healthy? WHO’s Dr Mark Van Ommeren explains;
Q: The WHO report says that mental health is a leading cause for disability. Explain please.
OMMEREN: WHO does advanced calculations to come up with such a conclusion.
The calculations are reached from different sources of information.
One of them is that when an individual has a mental health condition such as depression, it’s impairing.
In many workplaces, the leading cause of people on sick leave is mental health conditions, although that’s often not said.
They start in their teenage years, in adolescent years, and largely untreated.
Less than one in three people around the world are getting mental health care for their condition.
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