By Riley Morales, contributor Apr 12, 2021
Psychiatrists and World Health Day – Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone
World Health Day is an annual global awareness
day held by the World Health Organization (WHO) which highlights a specific
health topic or area of concern. In years past, the WHO has focused World
Health Day’s celebration on topics like mental health, maternal care and
childcare, and climate change. World Health Day occurs every April 7th,
with events and activities scheduled year-round to help reinvigorate the
healthcare community’s energy towards the topic.
This year, the World Health Day is focused on building a fairer,
healthier world for everyone - specifically in the wake of COVID-19.
Coronavirus has left the world in shambles, causing unemployment levels to
skyrocket, increasing likelihood of depression, anxiety, drug and substance
abuse, and child abuse. In this article, we will explore what it means to make
a “fairer, healthier world for everyone” and how psychiatrists can help patients navigate mental
illnesses caused by coronavirus.
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Low-income communities and health challenges
The World Health
Organization writes, “Our world is an unequal one. As COVID-19 has
highlighted, some people are able to live healthier lives and have better
access to health services than others - entirely due to the conditions in which
they are born, grow, live, work and age.”
Poverty can also contribute towards worsened mental
health. The CDC
reports that 8.7% of people who have incomes below the poverty level report
severe psychological distress, as well as show high crime and violence
rates, increased likelihood of anxiety and depression, and worse access to
adequate healthcare facilities and schools.
“All over the world, some groups struggle to
make ends meet with little daily income, have poorer housing conditions and
education, fewer employment opportunities, experience greater gender
inequality, and have little or no access to safe environments, clean water and
air, food security and health services. This leads to unnecessary suffering,
avoidable illness, and premature death. And it harms our societies and
Psychiatrists can play a critical role in ensuring the World Health Organization’s
mission of building a healthier and fairer world for everyone. By accepting
positions in low-economic communities, skilled psychiatrists can help serve patients where mental
health is already compromised to help lessen the healthcare quality gap.
Not only can practicing psychiatry in low-economic
areas be emotionally rewarding, but also financially rewarding. According
to Salary.com, psychiatrists
can expect to earn an annual salary of $232,539 depending on location, company size, and
years of experience. If you are interested in exploring new opportunities
within psychiatry, be sure to check our open positions.
Steps towards achieving equal healthcare
For some communities, access to healthcare is unreliable
(and sometimes impossible), leaving patients deserted and allowing the
coronavirus to continue to spread unchecked. However, there are ways in which
healthcare professionals can work to increase equality within their hospital
system and in their community.
Encourage leaders to monitor
Urge leaders to ensure that high
quality care is being delivered where it is needed most
Increase awareness of racial and
ethnic disparities in healthcare and in the general public
It is important to remember that every voice can
make a difference. It does not matter what role you have within your organization;
it is up to everyone to continue monitoring for racial and ethnic disparities
and work to identify opportunities for improvements. Only then can we make a
world where high-quality healthcare is reliable and available for everyone.
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