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Submitted by Patricio V Marquez on

Excellent and timely blog Ede and Shazia. As we observe walking to work everyday in Washington, D.C., the mentally ill homeless roaming the streets are the "invisible disable". Persons with mental and psychosocial disabilities represent a significant proportion of the world’s population with special needs. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that millions of people have mental disorders, and that one in four people globally will experience a mental disorder in their lifetime. Moreover, almost one million people die each year due to suicide, which is the third leading cause of death among young people. According to several recent reports, suicide has surpassed maternal mortality as the leading cause of death among girls aged 15-19 years globally. Aside from facing entrenched stigma and discrimination – and physical and sexual abuse in homes, hospitals, prisons, or as homeless people -- persons affected by mental disorders are excluded from social, economic and political activities. Time to do something globally!!!