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Ambassador of Sweden to Somalia talks about mental health


Somalia, 19 October 2021 (TDI): WHO Somalia shares a video message in which Sweden’s Ambassador in Somalia, Per Lindgärde talks about mental health. WHO Somalia shared this message on the official Twitter account today.

Ambassador Per Lindgärde said mental health is not only a health crisis. It is also a security issue, protection issue, gender issue, and especially a human rights issue.

He added that on account of World Mental Health Day, i.e., 10 October 2021, Sweden recognizes the health issues of Somalia. Sweden has provided support for the development of the country for many years.

Sweden’s Ambassador said that their support of the government goes through the United Nations system. This includes the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international partners.

It further goes to various other departments like peace and security. Sweden helps Somalia in state-building, peace and security, unemployment, climate change, and other humanitarian crises.

He further added that there is a high rate of mental illness in Somalia because of insecurity, trauma, and a high level of unemployment. He urged the international community to support in fighting these mental health issues.

World Mental Health Day 2021

On this day and throughout October, the Mental Health Strategy Team and system-wide partners will carry out a series of events and activities focused on this year’s theme, “Mental Health in an Unequal World. During the COVID-19 pandemic, people’s mental health and well-being have been seriously impacted.

Some groups have been particularly affected, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions. And services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted.

United Nations also provide new materials, in easy-to-read formats, of how to take care of your own mental health and provide support to others too.

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