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Regional forum tackles mental health

Update: April, 15/2014 - 08:48
Ministry statistics show that nearly 15 per cent of the country's population have suffered from mental disorders at some time, such as depression, epilepsy, alcohol-use and dementia.— Photo baomoi

HA NOI (VNS)— The Asia-Pacific International Research and Education Network began its first meeting at a two-day forum on mental health in Ha Noi yesterday.

Organised by the universities of Rochester, Melbourne and Oslo with the World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health, the event is aimed at creating a regional collaboration network for services, research and education to improve the lives of people with mental disorders.

Ministry statistics show that nearly 15 per cent of the country's population have suffered from mental disorders at some time, such as depression, epilepsy, alcohol-use and dementia.

A WHO report in 2008 said that more than 150 million people worldwide suffered from depression, 125 million were affected by alcohol-use disorders and 50 million had epilepsy. — VNS


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