When in 1946, the World Health Organization (WHO) appointed Mental Health as an actual discipline, it globally validated the field and closed the last loop on what human health is. That was two thousand years since Hippocrates linked psychological disorders to biological causes and broke the pre-existing belief that mental illnesses were fuelled by supernatural intervention. With that, the rest was history.
Yet despite sustained efforts, by the 21st century, most western world countries still had no national policies that treated mental health with the same reverence as physical health and maintained a divide that now is known not to exist. It took seventy-six years to today for 48% of countries to have some form of mention of mental health at the national level. A much lower number have policies that effectively deal with it. In 2022 only a fifth of all countries included mental health in the general insurance policies
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