Mental health services in South Sudan
The health and humanitarian situation in South Sudan is grim. We want to highlight the precarious condition of mental health services in South Sudan. Studies from post-conflict South Sudan report rates of depression as high as 50%. A study of South Sudanese ex- combatants found that 15% reported wishing they were dead or had thoughts of self harm, and 36% met the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder.
We call for donor countries and non-governmental organisations to do more for the mentally ill in South Sudan.