Half a million schizophrenia patients in Turkey: TPD
DAILY NEWS PhotoThere are at least 500,000 schizophrenia patients in Turkey, one of the country’s leading medical associations has announced on World Mental Health Day.
According to the Oct. 10 statement issued by the Turkey Psychiatry Association (TPD), half of all schizophrenia patients in the world don’t get the required medical attention, and this figure is even higher in Turkey.
“A protective mental health concept that will prevent the emergence of mental disorders in Turkey should be adopted by all segments of society, including those who administer the country,” the TPD said.
Citing the needs reported by patients, their families and medical staff, it said the top priority should be a comprehensive new mental health law, and putting into practice policies that are currently on paper.
Providing employment for rehabilitated patients and creating a violence-free, inclusive society are some of the other recommendations in the TPD statement.