The UN health agency says at least three in four mental health patients in developing countries receive no treatment.
The World Health Organization wants governments to spend more money on mental health care. It says most countries allocate less than 2% of their health budget to mental disorders.
The WHO says tens of millions could be treated for a wide range of mental illnesses if countries provide proper care, psychosocial assistance and drugs.
The WHO said in a statement Thursday that poor countries could provide basic treatment for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcohol abuse with only 20 US cents per person each year. – (Sapa-AP)