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Guyana- Integrated Health Care – Time to Transform Talk into Walk

Guyana- Integrated Health Care – Time to Transform Talk into Walk

The vast majority of Guyanese are willing to seek help for someone with a mental health issue according to a survey conducted by Dr. Vishnu Bisram on behalf of The Caribbean Voice. In fact 88% of the 1235 respondents indicated that they would seek help if they think someone is suffering from mental illness while 78% believe that people with mental illnesses can live normal lives. But 92% felt that government is not doing enough to address mental health.

We know from Government figures (Draft Mental Health Strategy 2015-2020), that 10 to 15% or 78,000 to 114,500 Guyanese suffer from a mental disorder at any one time, with 3 to 5% of the population having a severe chronic mental disorder. Also, approximately 20,000 Guyanese suffer from severe mental illness with unipolar depression as the fifth greatest contributor to disease burden in Guyana. These figures do not include people with epilepsy, mental retardation and alcohol abuse.   Continue reading