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World Did Not Meet Majority Of 2020 Mental Health Goals

In 2020, just 51 per cent of WHO's 194 member states stated that their mental health strategy or plan was in accordance with international and regional human rights instruments, falling far short of the aim of 80 per cent.

According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report released on Friday, the world has not achieved most of the 2020 mental health targets and has failed to provide people with the mental health services they require, at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting a growing need for mental health support. The Mental Health Atlas report, which was launched in advance of World Mental Health Day on 10th October, contains data from 171 nations. It demonstrated that, despite increased attention paid to mental health in recent years, it has failed to result in a scale-up of high-quality, needs-based mental health services.

WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in a statement, "It is extremely concerning that, despite the evident and increasing need for mental health services, which has become even more acute during the Covid-19 pandemic, good intentions are not being met with investment." Emphasising on the importance of increasing investment in mental health, he futhere stated, "there is no health without mental health."

In 2020, just 51 per cent of WHO's 194 member states stated that their mental health strategy or plan was in accordance with international and regional human rights instruments, falling far short of the aim of 80 per cent. Only 52 per cent of countries met the aim for mental health promotion and preventive programmes, which was considerably below the target of 80 per cent.

The only aim accomplished was a 10 per cent reduction in suicide rates, but even then, only 35 countries have a stand-alone prevention strategy, policy, or plan, according to the report, which is produced every three years.



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