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close this bookFact sheet No 218: The 'Undefined and Hidden' Burden of Mental Health Problems - April 1999 (WHO, 1999, 3 p.)
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April 1999

The Undefined Burden of mental problems refers to the economic and social burden for families, communities and countries. Although obviously substantial, this burden has not been efficiently measured. This is because of the lack of quantitative data and difficulties in measuring and evaluating.

The Hidden Burden refers to the burden associated with stigma and violations of human rights and freedoms. Again, this burden is difficult to quantify. This is a major problem throughout the world, as many cases remain concealed and unreported.