World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity"(1). Despite being a global health-related burden, and a major cause of morbidity worldwide including Pakistan, mental health diseases are an overlooked entity in our country. In Pakistan, we have seen a rapid improvement in the treatment of conditions related to physical health over the course of years, but mental health issues are still being given limited priority. Pakistan is the 6th most populated country in the world with a current estimated population of 210 million and a growth rate of 2% per year (2). It is a developing country that faces several health challenges when dealing with communicable as well as non-communicable diseases including mental health problems.
Siddiqui, Fatima and Khan, Qurat ul ain
"Barriers and Challenges to Mental Health Care in Pakistan,"
Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS): Vol. 16:
3, Article 1.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/pjns/vol16/iss3/1