Mental Health For All
Vikram Patel states that suicide is the leading cause of death for young people worldwide, in both the
poorest and wealthiest countries. Does this statistic surprise you? Why or why not?
According to Vikram Patel, approximately 500 million people are suffering from and struggling with
mental illness around the world though the majority of them are not receiving proper care. What does
Patel attribute to this lack of proper mental health care?
What might the short-term and long-term effects be for people suffering from mental illness without
proper care? What might the short-term and long-term effects be on the families and friends of people
struggling with untreated mental illness?