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Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) released this year's World Health Report (WHR), which is, for the first time, concentrated on mental health (last year's report was discussed in the June 23, 2000 Scout Report). WHO reports that nearly a third of the disabilities in the world are neuropsychiatric disorders, and WHR 2001 focuses on the status of mental health care and knowledge internationally. The report "aims to raise public and professional awareness of the real burden of mental disorders and their costs in human, social and economic terms. At the same time it intends to help dismantle many of those barriers -- particularly of stigma, discrimination and inadequate services -- which prevent many millions of people worldwide from receiving the treatment they need and deserve." WHO provides ten government recommendations and three "paths of action" depending upon countries' economic situations. The report is available online or in .pdf format in French and English. Users should note that we had trouble accessing the report using Netscape 4.75 on the Mac but no trouble with Internet Explorer 5.
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