mental health

News in Brief 06 June 2018

  • ‘First and very important step’ taken to allow return of Rohingya refugees
  • Massive scale-up of mental health resources needed to meet development targets
  • UN rights experts condemn China’s 5-year prison sentence for Tibetan activist
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Mental health ‘neglected issue’ but key to achieving Global Goals, say UN chiefs

Mental health remains one of the most neglected global health issues, even though it is critical to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders, top United Nations officials have said at an event in London.

Australia’s offshore processing policy for refugees has taken huge toll, warns senior UNHCR official

Asylum seekers bound for Australia have been left mentally scarred by years of detention on Pacific islands, senior UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) official Indrika Ratwatte said on Wednesday. 

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Rohingya refugees receiving mental health first aid

As Rohingya refugees continue to pour into neighbouring Bangladesh, one UN agency is taking steps to address their psychological well-being.

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Rohingya women have “lived through real horrors:” UNFPA

Safe spaces for Rohingya women and girls seeking sanctuary in Bangladesh are already full to capacity.

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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan peace process, mental health in Somalia and Sudan's child soldiers

Engagement of regional countries “good thing” for South Sudan peace process

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Somali health professionals grapple with mental health stigma

Many Somalis commonly called “crazy” are actually suffering from mental illness, often brought on by years of conflict and loss.

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News in Brief 6 June 2017 (PM)

American actor Adrian Grenier latest UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador

Hollywood star Adrian Grenier has landed a new role: UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador.

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Good mental health is key “foundation” to implement SDGs

Improving mental health across the world is one of the “foundations” for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (

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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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