"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" (WHO 1948). Mental Health is an essential component of good health, and for the first time was included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 3.4. Mental health and well-being do not only have a health impact, but an impact on overall economic development.
The rising prevalence of mental health conditions in the Caribbean Region is a public health concern and this will be a new area of work for CARPHA.
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