People & Power - Out of the Shadows: Overcoming Mental Illness

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Of the half a billion people worldwide currently suffering from mental illness, three quarters live in the developing world. In the poorest countries, governments spend very little on mental healthcare, leaving their citizens disproportionately affected by this crippling disease. And where access to appropriate healthcare is extremely limited, more often than not the communities surrounding sufferers fail to understand their condition. In 2015, People & Power filmed with some of these mental health activists working in India, rural West Africa and the Zaatari refugee camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, hoping that governments, donors and aid agencies will eventually get behind their work.

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