The following is a summary of Mental Health issues in the area based on news reports and personal research.
Worldwide Poverty, Trauma, Human Rights Violations are common and cause Mental Health problems. Funding cuts by Governments are also common. Housing for the poor in Shanties, Slums etc also challenges the delivery of Services.
Drugs and Alcohol also are a huge issue as individuals cope with life with little hope. Suicide is a huge issue in Australia especially Indigenous. Lots of money spent on talking but little impact on data
Papua New Guinea has recently had an election. Questions are being asked re Democracy but observers have agreed to election result. Violence was very common during the election and has increased post election. Very concerned re PNG Women as zero were elected and domestic violence a serious problem with Corruption, Male Society, Support and Education all part of the issue.
Access to help is also an issue in PNG particularly in Highlands
Indonesia has overcrowding issues, refugee issues, security problems and stateless people often found in waters around Indonesia. Local elections also caused issues based on Religion. These seem to have calmed over time.
The delivery of Mental Health Services in the over crowded cities is a big issue and identifying those with Mental Health probs is a low priority. Human R abuse is not uncommon.
Malaysia and Hong Kong have the same issues that are common in the region. Overcrowding, service delivery, poverty. The extra is relationship with China. A big influence in service delivery and security.
Phillipines has issues in Safety. Islamic Extremists are fighting on the islands.
The President Duterte has his own war against drugs. Lots of lives lost in the slum areas and many children. Justice is not always part of the process. Poverty, and Human Rights Abuse common. Getting MH help to those that need it is a challenge
Bangladesh has numerous problems and MH is low on priorities. Poverty is at heart of it. Poorly paid and workers are often taken advantage of by international companies. Poor working conditions. Severe flooding during Monsoon season. Health must be a priority to allow Bangladesh to grow.
Adressing Poverty and Inequality are not just a priority for Bangladesh but the world
There are many areas that I have not mentioned but will next time. I want to mention Rohinga problen in Myanmar. Is having a big impact on the region. !!! It does seem a solvable problem with Negotiation. I trust Aung Sun Suu Kyi but will need support from the region
Finally, North Korea has increased insecurities in the region. Trauma is huge in the world but being prepared to support those who suffer Trauma urgently is essential.
Hope this little summary has been of interest. The MOVEMENT GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH is worth supporting