Failure to Treat Mental Illness: At Yale and in the Context of Global Health

BY MICHAELLA BAKER Yale exists as a microcosm of mental health issues, including the lack of a clear treatment process, long wait times, and the temporary therapy offered. Similar issues in treatment of mental health occur in America and on a global scale. The purpose of this report is not to minimize the issues Yale … Continue reading Failure to Treat Mental Illness: At Yale and in the Context of Global Health

Addressing Nepal’s Hidden Health Challenge: Depression

BY SOPHIA KECSKES Self-harm is the leading cause of death for individuals 15-49 years old in Nepal.[i] Nepal has the 2nd highest rate of DALYs (disability adjusted life years) caused by depression in the world, trailing only the United States.[ii] Estimates of the prevalence range of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and anxiety range from 18.4%[iii] … Continue reading Addressing Nepal’s Hidden Health Challenge: Depression

Ghana: The Evolving Problem of Mental Health

BY ALY MOORE.Photography and Graphics by Aly Moore. In 2005, only 32,875 people were hospitalized or given outpatient consultations in Ghana, representing a 98% treatment gap. Although mental, neurological, and substance use disorders combine for up to 13% of the global burden of disease, only an estimated 3.6% of Ghana’s current health budget is allocated … Continue reading Ghana: The Evolving Problem of Mental Health