Marking the World Mental Health Day 2022, the Global Rights Watch (GRW) called on governments, UN agencies, and humanitarian organisations to take concrete steps to develop and invest in psychosocial support for people affected by armed conflicts.
Research in war-torn countries including Afghanistan, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Gaza, Iraq, South Sudan, and Syria has shown that people, particularly women and people with disabilities, often face barriers in accessing mental health services.
Millions of people around the world are experiencing the devastating impacts of war on their mental health, but few receive the support they need.
An estimated 22% of people living in areas affected by armed conflict have a mental health condition, compared with about 13% in the general population. Yet, the services available are often insufficient.
In this regard, the GRW calls to make mental health and well-being for all a global priority, and to focus mainly on community-based, rights-respecting services both in conflict countries and in countries where people are fleeing to.