CANBERRA — Mental health continues to play too small a role in development programs and assistance, according to Dr. Julian Eaton, a senior mental health adviser for CBM.
But how can donors and development organizations begin supporting better mental health services in developing countries? We have Eaton’s tips to shift development programs in the right direction.
1. Invest money.
Insufficient funding is the single biggest barrier to achieving nationwide transformation of mental health support in developing countries. Mental health is often allocated a minute proportion of overall health budgets — both within developing countries and through development assistance.