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Running head: HEALTH POLICY ANALYSIS OF MENTAL HEALTH1Health Policy Analysis of Mental HealthNameCourseInstitutionDate
HEALTH POLICY ANALYSIS OF MENTAL HEALTH2IntroductionHealth policy analysis is a process through which particular stakeholders or policymakersare presented with solutions towards social problems and public health issues, which have been identified and evaluated, to assist individuals/ groups/ organizations make an informed choice that upholds the stakeholders' values, practical and political realities. Mental health is mainly an area of interest, which has not been regarded with the seriousness it deserves. It is a significant determinant of the level of health and well-being, quality of life, economic development outcomes, and social stability. Globally, addressing mental health issues through well-formulatedpolicies is vital in attaining developments, mitigating poverty, and enhancing health. Problem statementOn a global scale, approximately one out of every four people will suffer mental health conditions before dying. It is estimated that close to one million annual deaths are due to suicide. Among the population of young people, it is the third leading cause of death. According to WHO(2010), mental health problems contribute significantly to the major causes of disability in high- and low-income countries. WHO report further purports thatIn particular, depression is ranked third in the global burden of disease, and is projected to rank first in 2030”. Currently, depression, as a mental health issue, is the leading cause of disease burden in women and young people. Underfunding of mental health by significant stakeholders is a key accelerator of mental health problems. Inadequate investments in terms of finances and human resources impact policyinfluence negatively as activities set for mental health fail to flourish and attract potential stakeholders to invest in them further. Inadequate funding repels global support systems and gatherings, "which serve to serve to link communities of practice" (Shiffman et al., 2014).
HEALTH POLICY ANALYSIS OF MENTAL HEALTH3Statistics underpin the fact that mental health has been continuously underfunded globally. Expenditure on mental health was less than US$3 per capita annually, as developing countries spent as meager as US$0.25 per person annually (McKenzie, 2014). McKenzie (2014) establishes that investing in mental health translates to better health outcomes, particularly in diabetes and HIV/AIDS management, enhanced physical health among adults, and positive developmental outcomes in children.Inadequate funding undisputedly leads to other consequences of poor mental health, such as stigmatization heterogenicity. Underfunding impedes developmental efforts in mental health such as research, media involvement in the issues that require attention, public campaigns to

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