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Useful data from ATLAS 2011 (by the way, WHO is starting the process of collecting data for the ATLAS 2014, that will serve as baseline for the implementation of the plan mentioned in the blog).
Another important element to consider, the treatment gap: 35.5 to 50.3% of people with severe mental disorders did not receive any treatment within the prior year in developed countries, but the proportion of cases not receiving any treatment in developing countries was much higher - 76 to 85%. How many people with a broken leg, i.e., do not receive treatment in those countries? And how many people with diabetes ended up hospitalized in an institution for the rest of his/her life, with their human rights almost systematically violated? Or how many will end up in a jail due to their heart condition?
Whenever key stakeholders will accept or understand that mental disorders are just another health related issue, governments will do their best to strengthen their mental health systems in order to offer appropriate services and treatment options.
Investing in mental health will have repercussions in individuals and populations well-being, in the human rights protection of vulnerable groups, but also in reducing the public health and economic burden of un-treated, marginalized persons with mental health problems. There are cost-effective options available to deal with these situations. It will be hard to talk about reaching Universal Health Coverage unless we include also mental health in it.