The Wider Picture: World Mental Health Day

This Wednesday (10th October) is World Mental Health Day where we raise awareness of mental health issues but more significantly the stigma attached to people who suffer from mental illnesses. As we fight for a greater understanding and acceptance in the developed world, developing countries barely have the provisions to treat and care for the mentally ill. 

If you have time look through these pictures.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/galleries/2008/09/15/photos-insane-asylums-around-the-world.html#slide0

There is wrong and then there is inhumane. Should there be a universal definition and course of treatment for the mentally ill? And should there be a minimum standard of care that should be provided by the state. Considering this issue was not properly recognised until the late 1950’s in the UK what can we expect from the emerging economies of today? 

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