The rise of mental illness is due to inequality and insecurity

UN special rapporteur on health Dr. Dainius Pūras said that all governments should address inequality and discrimination as a much more effective strategy than medicine and treatment in the fight against mental illness.

Pūras, who announced the report at the human rights council in Geneva, “This will be the best ‘medicine’ against mental illness and will prevent overuse of psychotropic drugs.” said.


The biggest obstacle: Inequality

the report “Inequality is the most important obstacle to mental health globally.”

The expression was used. Also in the report; “Many risk factors for poor mental health are closely related to inequalities in daily living conditions. Many risk factors are linked to the corrosive effect of seeing life as an injustice.” statements were included.

According to Pūras, the current ways to treat mental illnesses are no longer fully working. Puras, “People go to their doctors to take medication, which is insufficient for treatment.” said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that 970 million people in the world suffer from some form of mental illness. The organization also said that depression and anxiety have increased more than 40 percent in the past 30 years.

The report emphasizes that we should target relationships rather than the brain. The best way to invest in individuals’ mental health is in all environments; creating a supportive environment in the workplace, family environment, and outside.

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