Improving basic mental health services in Myanmar's primary healthcare system

Better mental health services are desperately needed in Myanmar. To achieve this, a clear policy on mental health is crucial. Between 2013 and 2017, the number of patients treated for mental illness in institutions increased 58 per cent from 18,922 to 30,100, according to the Mental Health Hospital in Yangon. Depression and anxiety account for five per cent of disability-adjusted life years, which puts them in the top 10 contributors in Myanmar.