About Global MINDS

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Mental health and substance use disorders are the leading causes of disability worldwide, and their burden is increasing. There is a large gap between needing and getting treatment, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and among marginalized groups in higher income settings. Up to 85 per cent of people with mental illness in LMICs who need treatment do not get it, in part because current approaches to prevent, identify and treat mental disorders are inadequate and out dated. The lack of integration between health and other sectors further compounds the problem. The impacts of, and ultimately pathways to, recovery from mental illness also cut across sectors, and include education, employment/income support, labour and business, legal/justice responses, and human rights.