Mental health parity in the Global Health and Development agenda
Why are mental disorders and substance use disorders treated so much differently than other health conditions? This is just one of the many questions that the World Bank Group, World Health Organization and other international partners will pose at their upcoming event — Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority — on April 13th -14th , as part of the 2016 WBG/IMF Spring Meetings.
If mental health disorders are conditions of the brain, why do we treat these conditions so differently than heart conditions or cancer? And in doing so, do we realize that this approach ignores all of the evidence that shows us that mental illness is a major disability burden worldwide? If untreated, mental disorders can negatively affect management of common co-occurring diseases, such as tuberculosis and HIV, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
For all of these reasons and many more, the WBG-WHO are aiming to put the mental health agenda where it belongs — at the center of global health and development priorities and remove all disparities.
This entry is a repost from the World Bank Group Investing in Health blog. The original entry by Patricio Marquez and Shekhar Saxena can be found here: ‘Mental health parity in the global health and development agenda’.