Novel Ways to Tackle Diagnosis and Treatment Gaps in Global Mental Health
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Mental health disorders surpass both cardiovascular disease and cancer in incidence, yet more than 75 percent of individuals suffering serious mental health challenges in developing countries receive no treatment. Stigma and lack of awareness prevent people from seeking treatment, and few skilled care providers exist for those that do. Life in high-conflict, post-conflict, or impoverished settings can exacerbate mental illness, further marginalizing those in need of help.
Scientists Without Borders partnered with Johnson & Johnson to address this area of high unmet need through a $10,000 open-innovation, incentive-based Challenge to boost awareness and utilization of existing mental health services for depression and anxiety in the developing world. Ideas were required to be culturally appropriate and feasible to implement in low-resource settings.
Our independent expert panel of judges selected “MHealth for Mental Health” from Alejandra Leyton, a Bolivian Health Economist pursuing an MPH at Tulane University, and Veena Katikineni, a second year medical student at the University of Maryland Baltimore as the winning solution!
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