Can Developing Economies Afford to Ignore Mental Health?
On March 18, 2010, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health hosted the symposium “Can Developing Economies Afford to Ignore Mental Health?” to explore the burgeoning field of global mental health. Experts in the field discussed progress made in understanding the mental health needs and services of developing economies and the barriers to providing adequate services.
According to the Global Burden of Disease report, common mental illnesses constitute the major cause of dysfunction globally, and specifically in poor countries. Health problems that chronically impair functioning are likely to cause significant social and economic problems, including both reduced social and economic contributions by individuals and an increased need for resources to care for them.