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  • Posted by Marc Yates
  • January 22, 2018
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Out of the shadows: Mental health in the Asia Pacific region

Out of the shadows: Mental health in the Asia Pacific region

Published in eyeforpharma February 2018 by Marc Yates

Mental health has been a peripheral issue in emerging markets for a long time, despite the severe impact it can have, not only on those directly affected but also on families, carers, social cohesion, and economic development. Fortunately, mental health is starting to get more attention, but there is still a widespread tendency to stigmatise and discriminate against people suffering with a mental illness. They are often considered as dangerous and aggressive which in turn increases the social distance.
Is there an opportunity for pharma to do more? In the first of a series of articles exploring mental health in emerging markets we take an in-depth look at the situation in Asia where problems arising from ill mental health are the second largest contributor to years lost to disability (YL:D). 

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