29th of April

Huffington Post – Tackling the Stigma Related to Mental Illnesses in South Asian Communities

Most of us have heard the well publicised statistic that one in four people experience a mental illness at some point during their life. Even more alarming are figures which reflect that mental disorders account for 22.8% of total disease burden, compared with 15.9% for cancer and 16.2% for cardiovascular disease, (WHO 2008).

Mental illnesses are common. It is likely that you know someone who has suffered or who is currently suffering from one of the most commonly diagnosed illnesses which include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, personality, addiction and eating disorders.

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