The psychological consequences of blaming the victim, or delegitimising their experiences, are far-reaching.
Some of the mental health disorders in Pakistan are leading causes of illness and disability; responsible for immense suffering.
There are two reasons why Pakistan lags behind when it comes to prioritising mental health.
Journalists’ mental health is hardly talked about.
Healthcare workers’ emotional needs must be addressed.
Our jails are poor settings for psychiatric treatment.
Pakistan has no mental health policy or plan; it allocates no budget for mental healthcare.
Adolescent mental health needs are known to intensify in humanitarian and fragile-state settings.
Widespread stigma leads to misconceptions that people with mental disorders cannot be trusted.
Mental healthcare is not only a public health priority but has far-reaching consequences for the state.
Our jail system is designed to punish without recognising the mental health needs of inmates.
Untreated mental disorders in an older adult can worsen the prognosis of common physical conditions.
Many children endure years of guilt feeling responsible for acts of sexual abuse they could not prevent.
Pharma and doctors have a symbiotic relationship.
Pakistan is one of the few countries in which attempted suicide is still a punishable offence.
Inequality, harassment and unsafe working conditions can lead to mental illness.
Violence has compounded the mental health crisis.
Policy and legislation need to converge for mental healthcare and services to improve.
Schizophrenia is an established mental illness.
The Pakistan Psychiatric Society needs to assume greater responsibility in prioritising national needs.