Mental Health of Brazilians Ranks Last on American Continent

While the world average mental health expenditure is 2.8 percent of total health spending, Brazil only spends 1.5 percent.

By Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil shows the highest rates of disability caused by depression (9.3 percent) and anxiety (7.5 percent) in the American continent, according to a study by Opas (Pan American Health Organization).

In a report published in March, the organization says that current investments are below what is required to address the burden of mental disorders in public health.

According to the Ministry of Health, the budget estimate for the mental health sector is R$1.6 billion (US$400 million) in 2019, less than 1.5 percent of the portfolio's total . . .

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