New estimates highlight need for investment in mental health services in conflict-affected areas

Of people living in an area affected by conflict 1 in 5 (22%) has depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, and about 9% of conflict-affected populations have a moderate to severe mental health condition, according to an analysis of 129 studies published in The Lancet. The figures are substantially higher than the global estimate for these mental health conditions in the general population, which stands at 1 in 14 people. The findings suggest that past studies underestimated the burden of mental health conditions in conflict-affected areas.

Read more in the Lancet article and the commentary by Mark van Ommeren, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO headquarters.