Professor Mike Owen is calling for a War on Mental Illness. Owen serves as Director of the new Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute within Cardiff University, a leading research university in the UK. Mental health concerns account for the greatest portion of disability payments and public health bills in the UK, says Owen, yet the funding allotted for mental health research and support doesn’t reflect this severity. “There has never been a better time to launch a concerted effort to tackle these conditions,” he said. The more we learn about mental health issues, why they develop, and how they’re best treated, the better off our society can be as a whole: but only if we take the problems seriously. In addition to funding, stigma is also a problem, notes Owen. People need to feel comfortable and supported in seeing a therapist or counselor if new understandings of mental illness is to have any solid impact on people’s well-being.
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