Global Mental Health Advocacy Has a Messaging Problem

A mental health clinic sign in Zimbabwe, a sign that the WHO's mental health plans may be taking effect, but that there is more work to be done
A woman pushes a wheelbarrow near a signpost leading to the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe, Jan. 18, 2022 (AP photo by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi).

Mental health issues were already a growing concern long before the pandemic. Now, they’ve been exacerbated, as global cases of depression and anxiety have become more and more prevalent in the last few years. Attention to mental health is growing, but awareness, funding and resources remain woefully inadequate.

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