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Mental illness is a huge but overlooked challenge in the developing world — despite a high burden few people get the help they need and many are treated inhumanely. What is the evidence for the gap between needs and proper treatment, how does social stigma hinder care and in what ways does culture matter?
This Spotlight presents an in-depth analysis including opinions, facts and figures, and key resources. It features commentary by World Psychiatric Association president Dinesh Bhugra, migration specialists Mohamed Elshazly and Sarah Harrison, and Nepal Mental Health Foundation founder Jagannath Lamichhane.  
It contains interviews on issues from the role of cinema and religious leaders to training health staff in fragile states to working with Syrian refugees, featuring psychiatrists from India, Nigeria and Somalia including Oye Gureje and Vikram Patel.

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