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Podcast: Why Does Global Mental Health Deserve More Attention?

This podcast explores the question of global mental health and why it deserves more attention.

A quarter of the world’s population will be affected by a mental disorder at some point in their lives (WHO), and in low and middle income countries up to 85% of people with severe mental disorders receive no treatment.

In this episode we discuss global mental health with Dr Daniela Fuhr (Assistant Professor in in Mental Health Systems at the Centre for Global Mental Health at LSHTM) and Dr Erminia Colucci (Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University Department of Psychology).

Topics discussed include  the relationship between poverty and mental health, treatment in humanitarian settings, how to monitor and evaluate progress and local understandings of mental health.

From looking at the meaning of "mental health" and  discussing evaluation techniques, to showing cases of human rights violations and mindfulness classes in refugee camps, this podcast considers mental health conditions in low and middle income countries on a deep level. 

Listen to the podcast below:


Development Matters is a monthly podcast series produced by the London International Development Centre (LIDC) which explores current international development issues through discussions with leading scholars from across the globe.LIDC catalyses interdisciplinary research and training to tackle complex problems in international development and each topic discussed in the podcast series will be approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. The podcasts are presented by Anjuli Borgonha, Communications Officer at LIDC. 

To listen to previous podcasts in the Development Matters series, see here.