For persons affected by leprosy, the probability and impact of facing a mental health problem is high. Studies show that around 70 percent of people affected by leprosy may have some mental illness (anxiety or depression). It is an area of leprosy care that communities of persons affected by leprosy are increasingly asking for more information about and support with.
As mental health research across the world reaches new peaks, so too is our mental health research exploring new territories. In both Nigeria and India we are already leading the way in this important area of work.