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Senator: Race Is Part Of Criticism Of Obama Health Law

Global Health Must Include Mental Health | Craig and Marc Kielburger

Please report any content that violates the terms. Let friends in your social network know what you contributed on Your Take Post to Facebook Something went wrong. Try again. This contribution is a part of: Senator: Race is part of criticism of Obama health law http://usat.ly/1nuFIcf CancelSend A link has been sent to your friend's email address. This story is part of Barack Obama David Jackson, USA TODAY 10:56 a.m. EDT May 22, 2014 President Obama 1939 CONNECT 115 TWEET 1 LINKEDIN 351 COMMENTEMAILMORE A Democratic senator this week said something publicly that many backers of President Obama say privately: Criticism of the health care law is in part racial.

Stronger mental health leads to economic returns from enhanced human capital, increased productivity and lower net health costs. And they empower people everywhere along their journey toward a healthier and happier life. The next challenge is scaling up these mental health programs to reach all the communities and countries that would benefit. The World Health Organization estimates the cost at between only US$2 and US$4 per capita per year -- but that's billions of dollars that link to this are hard to come by among competing development priorities that are more visible and "marketable," like fighting malaria or building schools. So while mental health is often cited for its role in promoting overall global health and tackling global poverty, it's not an explicit development objective for most foreign aid agencies or charities. Mental health interventions are slowly working their way into post-disaster planning and pilot projects like those supported by Canada's government-funded Grand Challenges foundation. But until mental health gets a more deliberate place on the development agenda, low-income people, communities and countries will continue struggling to move themselves up the economic development ladder. Craig and Marc Kielburger are co-founders of international charity and educational partner, Free The Children. Its youth empowerment event, We Day, is in 11 cities across North America this year, inspiring more than 160,000 attendees from over 4,000 schools.

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