One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.
Treatments are available, but nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help from a health professional. Stigma, discrimination and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental disorders, says the World Health Organization (WHO). Where there is neglect, there is little or no understanding. Where there is no understanding, there is neglect.
Every year there are about 10,000 people committing suicide in Bangladesh due to mental disorder. Bangladesh has only 800 beds for 25 million affected Mental Illness people: 200 beds in Dhaka mental health hospital, 500 beds in Pubna and 100 in all other regions.
Bangladesh has only 200 psychotherapist and 50 Clinical Psychologists throughout the whole country.
To have a Mental Health provision in Bangladesh to tackle mental health stigma and stereotypes that exist within villages and towns. The centre will accommodate and raise awareness around Mental Health issues, asses and plan to provide initial support to individuals and families.
To provide a personalised service that meets the need of the individuals who are suffering from Mental Health disorder within the Greater Sylhet Division and throughout Bangladesh.
Outputs from the Center – Road To Recovery:
- Deliver workshop and awareness programs in Schools, Collages and Universities
- Client’s MH assessment for need-based intervention
- Individual and group counselling for the patient and their NOK
- All Patients will receive medical treatment from Our Partner
- Osmani Medical College and Hospital as inpatient and outpatient but will receive counselling and rehabilitation services from CAP Foundation
- Home visit- follow-up of medical treatment, personal care, support for social functioning, livelihood training and employment etc
- Organise Retreat programs, cultural events, with the clients and their family members
“Mental illness is not a personal failure. In fact, if there is a failure, it is to be found in the way we have responded to people with mental and brain disorders,” said Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of WHO, on releasing the World Health Report. “I hope this report will dispel long-held doubts and dogma and mark the beginning of a new public health era in the field of mental health,” she added.
The responsibility for action lies with governments, says WHO. Currently, more than 40% of countries have no mental health policy and over 30% have no mental health programme. Around 25% of countries have no mental health legislation.
The magnitude of mental health burden is not matched by the size and effectiveness of the response it demands. Currently, more than 33% of countries allocate less than 1% of their total health budgets to mental health, with another 33% spending just 1% of their budgets on mental health. A limited range of medicines is sufficient to treat the majority of mental disorders. About 25% of countries, however, do not have the three most commonly prescribed drugs used to treat schizophrenia, depression and epilepsy at the primary health care level. There is only one psychiatrist per 100 000 people in over half the countries in the world, and 40% of countries have less than one hospital bed reserved for mental disorders per 10 000 people.
You can join us by becoming our partner to build this together and support us to deliver Mental Health Provisions in Bangladesh through the Well-being Centre.