Mental Health Of South America Essay

1768 Words May 3rd, 2016 8 Pages
Mental Health in South America
When someone gets a broken bone or develops diabetes or cancer, it is obviously taken seriously by medical professionals, friends and family and treatment is encouraged and given. So why are mental disorders often denied the same level of concern? Mental illness is serious, and thousands of people commit suicide every year because of undiagnosed or improperly treated mental health disorders. In fact, an estimated 63,000 people commit suicide every year in the Americas alone (Cruz). There needs to be a serious change in the way the government treats those with these health problems and drastic action should be taken because death by suicide is completely preventable, yet it takes so many lives every year. There is a negative stigma often associated with mental health, and mental illness deserves to be treated with the same urgency and respect that physical health problems receive.The South American government also needs to realize the relationship between poverty, substance abuse, and mental illness which are all huge problems in developing countries, Governments in developing countries in South America need to do more to prioritize health care, awareness, and treatment for those suffering from mental disorders.
Around the world, millions of people suffer from mental illness, and in impoverished countries in South America like Chile, Guyana and Suriname, treatment is less commonly given and the suicide rates are higher than those in Europe and…

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