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Expert: Over 17% of adults suffering from mental health disorders

  • Published at 07:58 pm October 11th, 2021
Mental Health

Experts call for developing a mental health action plan

Over 17% of adults and 14% of children are suffering from mental health disorders but not getting enough support, says an expert linked to the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Mental health is neglected in most countries and access to mental health services is unequal,” according to Hasina Momotaz, WHO National Professional Officer of Mental Health.

She was speaking as a panellist at the fifth instalment of a series of webinars organized by the SAJIDA Foundation on Sunday. Dhaka Tribune was the media partner of the event.

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“The situation is almost similar in Bangladesh. As we have seen in the last mental health survey, more than 17% of adults and 14% of children are suffering from mental health disorders but not getting enough support,” she said.

The webinar, titled "World Mental Health Day: Mental Health in an Unequal World”, focused on the current issue of the mental health treatment gap.

Nazish Arman, the Lead Coordinator at Shuchona Foundation, recommended developing a mental health action plan to address the gap.

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“Bangladesh is one of the first countries in the WHO Southeast Asia region to place mental health as one of their top 10 priority health conditions, which we still don’t see in a lot of developed countries around the world,” she said.

“In order to address the gaps, we need to develop a mental health action plan. We are in the process of reviewing mental health policy. We all need to work together,” she added.  

SAJIDA Foundation, as part of its continued effort to establish the importance of mental health, has been observing October as a mental health awareness month for internal members of the organization since 2018.

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This year, the celebrations were preceded closely by the SAJIDA Mental Health Program’s ongoing two-month-long campaign, initiated in September, which consists of eight webinars with local and international experts from the mental health space.

The most recent webinars were attended by Muhtasabbib Matin, training and operations specialist at Kaan Pete Roi, and Dr Ashique Selim, head of SAJIDA mental health program, as panellists.

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