Third World Mental Health Initiatives Put US to Shame

People and Power – Out of the Shadows

Al Jazeera (2015)

Film Review

Out of the Shadows celebrates the hard work of third world activists who have dedicated their lives to bringing mental health care to their countries. It presents a striking contrast to the neglect and abuse the mentally ill experience in the US.

Globally half a billion people suffer from mental disorders, such as depression, bipolar illness and schizophrenia – more than all AIDS, malaria and TB cases combined. Yet owing to profound stigma, publicly funded mental health services are virtually non-existent in many third world countries. India, for example, spends less than 1% of their health budget on mental health. And in Togo, mentally ill men and women are chained to trees.

The documentary highlights activist-created programs providing free mental health services (funded by private European and Canadian donors) in India, Benin, Ivory Cost, Burkina Faso and Jordan.

6 thoughts on “Third World Mental Health Initiatives Put US to Shame

  1. Pingback: Third World Mental Health Initiatives Put US to Shame | Talesfromthelou

    • THE TRUE MENTALLY ILL OF THIS WORLD, ARE THOSE WHO GO TO THESE POLITICAL RALLIES FOR ANY CANDIDATE, AND DO IT TIME, AND TIME AGAIN, RESULTING IN WORSE CONDITIONS THAT EVER BEFORE. I KNOW THERE ARE MORE THAN THEM, BUT WE GET THE SAME CARBON COPIES THAT MAKE THINGS WORSE. CHECK OUT THE PEOPLE THAT CLAIM THEIR CANDIDATE CAN DO NO WRONG AND GO BY EMOTIONS AND NOT FACTS. THESE ARE REAL SICK PEOPLE.

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