Monday, July 4, 2011

Help reverse the neglect & exclusion of mental disorders to save lives


Join the fight for the inclusion of mental health in the United Nations High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases

Please visit www.wfmh.com

Nearly half a billion people are affected by mental disorders which account for nearly 15% of the disease burden in the world - more than heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes – more than TB, HIV and malaria combined! Yet, the historical neglect and exclusion of mental health from local, regional, national and global agendas continues and the exclusion of the neuropsychiatric disorders from the United Nations High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases represents a major social and economic injustice to the hundreds of millions of citizens suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders who are robbed of the opportunity to reach their life’s potential and are condemned to lives of vulnerability.

In the continuing story of humanity to create a just and equitable world, we have failed too many people everywhere, and poverty, expressed through persistent inequities and social injustices, remains our major failure as humanity. In this poverty story, neuropsychiatric disorders, with its story of economic hardships to those living with mental and neurological illnesses and their caregivers and families, play a critical role in the evolution and persistence of poverty. We must discontinue our penchant for a good talk, but no action.

- Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, Honorable Minister of Health, Guyana
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