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International Mental Health Day

18 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 10 October 2012

More than 450 million people around the world have mental health problems. For International Mental Health Day Claudia Hammond asks why for some of those people the care they receive is getting worse. Our reporters in Ghana and Cameroon uncover neglect and even abuse. We examine why mental health seems to get forgotten by society and by many international funders. We look at whether it’s possible to change attitudes towards mental illness.

(Image: A mental disorder patient chained to his bed. Credit: ISMOYO/AFP/GettyImages)


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  • Mental Health abuse

    How common is abuse of patients in the global mental health system? Akwasi Sarpong reports from Ghana and Prof Vikram Patel makes a global comparison

  • Cameroon

    Treatment of Mental Health in Cameroon. Francis Ngwa Niba reports

  • Attitudes

    The stigma of mental illness. Claudia talks to Rebecca Schleifer of Human Rights Watch and Prof Vikram Patel talks about whether things have really changed in the last ten years



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