Disability news roundup: World Mental Health Day
Nearly 450 million people have mental health problems worldwide, more than three-quarters of whom live in developing countries. In a story on current global efforts to improve mental health services, the BBC reports that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates eight in 10 of those living in developing nations receive no treatment at all.
Many are the survivors of infectious diseases, natural disasters and war. It is estimated about half of Afghans over 15 years of age have mental health problems such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Each year, World Mental Health Day focuses on a particular aspect of mental ill-health. In 2012, we are encouraged to talk about depression.
WHO has produced an animated short film to raise awareness. It features that common depression metaphor, a black dog. Writing in the Independent, Neela Debnath describes it as "a simple but effective insight into the disorder, looking at the emotions and feelings that it can cause. Along with the negative side of depression, the video offers hope and tips to viewers on how to deal with it."
Elsewhere in the news
Call to reform adult social care funding (BBC News, Friday 12 October)
Hospital admissions for eating disorders up by 16% (BBC News, Thursday 11 October)
Strokes in young people 'rising', study finds (BBC News, Thursday 11 October)
He's on a roll: Blind opera singer Andrea Bocelli shows off his rollerblading skills with a helping hand from his fiancée (Daily Mail, Thursday 11 October)
Suicides increase due to budget cuts, support group claims (BBC News, Wednesday 10 October)
Doctors say more MRI scanners would help MS patients (BBC News, Wednesday 10 October)
Are banks failing disabled people online? (The Guardian, Wednesday 10 October)
Canadian psychiatrist 'Dr Shock' stands trial on sexual abuse charges (The Guardian, Wednesday 10 October)
Ben Fogle, The Adventurer: Our inspiring disabled travellers (Daily Telegraph, Wednesday 10 October)
Buzz Aldrin bids to help people with disabilities to fly (BBC News, Tuesday 9 October)
Guide Dogs Week 2012 - in pictures (Guardian, Tuesday 9 October)
Coronation Street's Tracy Barlow on living with OCD (Mirror Online, Tuesday 9 October)
Mental health needs a place in the limelight (Guardian, Tuesday 9 October)
Killing kindness with red tape (Independent, Tuesday 9 October)
Conservative conference: Welfare minister told '"stop bullying us" (BBC News, Monday 8 October)
We need to keep talking about depression (Guardian, Monday 9 October)
Disabled Scots spared Atos assessment after firm forced into retreat thanks to Record campaign (Daily Record, Wednesday 10 October)
Signs of the times: deaf community minds its language (Guardian, Sunday 7 October)
Can prosthetics be art? (BBC News, Friday 5 October)