mental health

Africans “yet to understand the meaning of autism”

African societies have yet to understand what “autism” means according to Uganda’s Ambassador to the UN.

Richard Nduhuura said that generating awareness about autism across the continent, was an important step towards removing stigma surrounding it.

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UN Gender Focus: intersex awareness and Indigenous people

Estimated 1.7 percent of new-born babies are intersex: UN campaign

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On World Mental Health Day, Ban cites need of immediate support for post-crisis psychological distress

Marking World Mental Health Day 2016, the United Nations has highlighted the importance of making mental healthcare available to everyone who needs it – with a focus this year on providing immediate support to those in psychological distress after a crisis.

UN Gender Focus: wartime sexual violence, indigenous peoples and refugee mothers

Sexual violence in conflict crimes “so bad” in South Sudan

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Psychological treatment for refugee mothers can greatly improve children’s futures

Providing psychological treatment to traumatized refugee mothers can greatly improve their children’s futures.

That’s according to Michael Wessells, Professor in the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University.

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Investing in treatment for depression and anxiety leads to four-fold return – UN report

Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion each year, and every one dollar invested in scaling up treatment leads to a return of four dollars in better health and ability to work, according to a new study led by the United Nations health agency.

Putting mental health at centre of development agenda

Depression and anxiety are increasing worldwide and cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year, according to the UN.

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