World report highlights change needed for mental health
The World Health Organization this month announced the release of the World Mental Health Report: Transforming Mental Health for All. The WHO website provides an overview of the report:
Mental health is critically important to everyone, everywhere. All over the world, mental health needs are high but responses are insufficient and inadequate. The World mental health report: transforming mental health for all is designed to inspire and inform better mental health for everyone everywhere. Drawing on the latest evidence available, showcasing examples of good practice from around the world, and voicing people’s lived experience, it highlights why and where change is most needed and how it can best be achieved. It calls on all stakeholders to work together to deepen the value and commitment given to mental health, reshape the environments that influence mental health, and strengthen the systems that care for mental health.
Information of particular interest to the Philippines include the following:
Evidence on the bidirectional links between mental health conditions and physical diseases, which include HIV/AIDS;
A case study in the Philippines on significant returns of investing in mental health namely on universal school-based social and emotional learning interventions to prevent depression and suicide, where the ROI is estimated at 9.5 USD for every 1 USD invested;
Another case study in the Philippines, on promoting mental health in workplaces per 2020 DOLE policy and program that provides guidelines for employers on workplace-based mental health programs;
Notable mention on e-prescriptions by physicians in teleconsultations in the Philippines as harnessing digital technologies for mental health during the COVID-19 lockdown.
SOGIE-related aspects of mental health and concerns of LGBTIQ+ persons and the community are also discussed in the report, which included the in-focus feature "Reforming mental health care for the LGBTIQ+ community, Kat's experience (Trinidad and Tobago)."
Read the World Mental Report (also available at World Health Organization)