Medical/Health Care

Mental health – the lasting scars of crisis

The World Health Organisation estimates that about one in five of those who lived in conflict-affected areas developed depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, or post-traumatic stress disorder. A study in The Lancet last month arrived at the new figures from a review of 129 published papers.

Mental health conditions like anxiety and depression can double in a population that has experienced some form of humanitarian crisis.

Those with mental health conditions can struggle to hold down jobs, go to school, or maintain relationships � the day to day activities that make societies function. These traumas can ripple out across generations and communities, affecting even those who have not directly experienced violence, like the children of Rwandan genocide survivors.

But often mental health services are limited at the time of a crisis, and are difficult to sustain after an initial funding surge. Our roundup this week explores what happens when the immediate crisis has passed and how some communities and providers approach care and treatment.

Source: The New Humanitatian