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Most Poles with mental health problems do not seek help for fear of being stigmatized

MedExpress Team


Published Dec. 27, 2023 11:25

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Nearly 60 percent of patients in Poland who needed mental health support did not seek help, fearing stigma. There are only nine psychiatrists per 100,000 residents, and the average waiting time for an appointment is 117 days. - We recommend integrating mental health services into primary health care, where the most common mental problems can be successfully treated, WHO's Nino Berdzuli stresses.

- Mental health is a significant challenge for our society, for everyone in Europe. We are seeing a recent increase in the prevalence of mental health conditions and pressure on the mental health system, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic," says Nino Berdzuli, director of the World Health Organization's Office in Poland, WHO's special envoy for activities for Ukrainian refugees in host countries.

UN figures show that depression affects 280 million people worldwide. Even before the outbreak of the pandemic, statistics on mental health problems were dramatic, and lockdown, social isolation and the stress of the epidemic situation have made them even worse.

According to Headway's report "A new roadmap in Mental Health," the incidence of conditions such as anxiety disorders and major depressive disorder increased by more than 25 percent during the pandemic. In Europe, the trend is also exacerbated by the ongoing war in Ukraine, economic recession, geopolitical crises and advancing climate c...

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