How to Treat Depression When Psychiatrists Are Scarce – Wired Science

Mental health doesn’t even rate a mention in most policymakers’ lists of global health priorities. But mental illness and substance abuse disorders rank among the greatest causes of disability worldwide. In poor countries, where there aren’t nearly enough therapists, these conditions cause tremendous suffering and block economic development. Vikram Patel, a psychiatrist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has a solution: train ordinary people to be coun­selors.

via How to Treat Depression When Psychiatrists Are Scarce – Wired Science.

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