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WHO’s $60 million mental health initiative should not ignore nursing

Nurses are strangely absent from the World Health Organisation’s five-year plan on mental health
Picture shows a woman talking to a counsellor about anxiety and depression. A five-year initiative by the WHO seeks to ensure access to high quality and affordable mental health care for an additional 100 million people in 12 countries.

Nurses are strangely absent from the World Health Organization’s five-year plan on mental health

A five-year mental health initiative launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) seeks to ensure access to high quality, affordable mental healthcare for an additional 100 million people in 12 as yet unnamed countries.

This is a laudable aim that is supported by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) – high quality care for mental health is one of our priorities. Nurses around the world will no doubt work tirelessly to achieve this goal.

Nurses are not only advocates, but

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