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Aliya Bashir, GPJ, Indian-Administered Kashmir
In some poor countries, you can count the number of psychiatrists on one hand. In wealthier regions, it’s easy to find someone who can treat a mental health problem.
Dina González, GPJ, Argentina
While Argentines take anti-anxiety medications at about the same rate as citizens of other industrialized countries, some experts warn that general practitioners overprescribe these medications to control stress-induced symptoms without seeking long-term solutions.
Yam Kumari Kandel, GPJ, Nepal
Reacting to the pressure of added duties and fear for the health of their marriages, nearly 50 wives of migrant workers killed themselves in Nepal last year, underscoring the need to ramp up mental health services.
Chathuri Dissanayake, GPJ, Sri Lanka
Social media creates an opportunity for people to harass their peers online, creating a pervasive atmosphere of hostility that can undermine a teenager’s self-esteem, personality development and sense of security.
Kalpana Khanal, GPJ, Nepal
Since it was introduced in Nepal in 2010, music therapy has helped more than 400 autistic children learn to listen attentively and express themselves in words.
Aliya Bashir, GPJ, Indian-Administered Kashmir
While Kashmiris afflicted with illnesses such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder have the option of seeking help from faith healers or mental health professionals, the stigma associated with mental illness deters many from getting psychiatric care.
Comfort Mussa, GPJ, Cameroon
Unable to defend themselves, mentally ill women in Bamenda, Cameroon, often become victims of sexual assault.
Apophia Agiresaasi, GPJ Uganda
Ugandan inmates pursuing educational opportunities behind bars anticipate pursuing productive careers upon release.
Marissa Revilla, GPJ Mexico
In the face of the alarming rate of cesarean sections in Mexico, some doctors are becoming midwives, a role traditionally fulfilled by indigenous women.
Argentine football fans travel to Buenos Aires, the nation’s capital, to view the 2014 World Cup championship match between Argentina and Germany and join the festive street parties taking place throughout the city.
Although their team lost the final World Cup match, Argentines celebrate their strong showing in the competition and remain grateful for the monthlong distraction from the country’s dire economic problems.