Posts Tagged ‘mental health

02
Sep
09

On air: Why aren’t we doing more about depression?

handsThere’s a major mental health summit taking place in Greece at the moment (you may have heard my colleague Pascale Harter reporting from there), and there are some stark statistics coming out of it. About 800,000 people commit suicide every year, and 86 per cent of them are from low- and middle-income countries. Yet, the WHO points out, in the developing world 2% of national health budgets are spent on mental healthcare. Continue reading ‘On air: Why aren’t we doing more about depression?’

21
Apr
08

Talking points for 21 April

A few things to wet the appetite this morning. One issue we are likely to discuss on today’s programme is whether we understand the psychological toll of war. Nearly a fifth of American troops returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, with many finding inadequate support to help them. Is there enough support for troops returning from conflict, or are mental health problems for soldiers returning from war just a sad consequence that we have to accept? What about civilians caught up in wars? If you’ve been affected by this issue get in touch. Continue reading ‘Talking points for 21 April’

10
Mar
08

How do you recover from a violent loss?

It’s hard enough to lose a loved one, but does knowing that they died in a senseless, violent way make it harder for those left behind.  A number of you have been responding to Lubna, since she wrote to us about her neighbour Ali being killed by a bomb. It followed her almost being killed herself, by a roadside bomb a few days earlier. Some of you have written about how you’ve dealt with extreme trauma, and we’d like to pick up on this.

Continue reading ‘How do you recover from a violent loss?’




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