Mental health services vary greatly across the globe. State run provisions are generally quite abysmal across south Asia at present. There are nor enough facilities or mental health professionals.
We know there is a dire need for better services, as there is a huge prevelance of mental health conditions in the populations across the region. This is shown by the systemic review and meta analysis conducted by Sadiq Naveed et al, below.
Click to access: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/3104214/1/Prevalence.pdf
Whilst governments should better prioritize these necessary provisions, we can increase pressure to invest in these services, raise awareness, reduce stigma, and ensure we continuously educate ourselves on mental health. You can use the following downloadable PDF to raise awareness in your local practice, local area or just for yourself to learn more.
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- The Maldives
- Sri Lanka