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Global mental health in the time of COVID-19
- By Vikram Patel, MBBS, PhD, Contributor
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“Let’s work together to realize our shared mission.” And what, specifically, would that “work” be? Forget the generalities, what specific steps is the writer proposing to even approach mental health parity, to make it possible for anyone in the US who wants or needs it to obtain good quality mental health care. I can tell you that in my county of residence and probably many others, the odds of obtaining good quality mental health care for a non-wealthy person had gone up astronomically, particularly for adults. It’s little better for children & adolescents but what few resources there are have been shifted in large part to 18 & under.
It’s easier for elected officials to find money for a convention center then mental health care (and those same officials prefer to spend funding on a convention center).
Maybe people in the US are suffering from the effects of extreme cognitive disorder, we keep being told what a great nation the US is, anyone who works can do well, when income inequality, which as steadily increased (logarthmically at times) since the 1970’s, has more and more made ‘doing well’ less & less likely for more & more people. How long can people tolerate living a lie?
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