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Mental Health

Mahinthan Someswarapillai

At The Leprosy Mission, we recognise the critical intersection of mental health in the context of leprosy treatment. Despite the global prevalence of mental health issues, many countries lack dedicated budgets, and even when available, the resources often go unused. This is particularly alarming considering that 1 in 4 people experiences mental health challenges.

Individuals with severe disabilities have a 2.5-fold higher likelihood of having depression.

At The Leprosy Mission we are committed to pioneering innovative approaches to address this issue. Our multidisciplinary teams are actively developing comprehensive solutions to enhance the mental well-being of individuals affected by leprosy.

Our initiatives span from providing essential medical support to fostering education and counselling services, ensuring a holistic and compassionate approach to mental health and leprosy care.

Paul Tsaku, microbiologist and researcher for TLM Nigeria, speaks about the Neglected Mind-Skin Link project.

Related publications

From TLM India

Causes and consequences of stigma leading to mental disorders among leprosy affected: key elements in the process of counselling to improve mental health care

From TLM Nigeria

Positively Impacting Mental Health of Persons Affected by Leprosy.

From TLM Great Britain

Leprosy and mental health – shining light on a hidden issue


Neglected tropical diseases and mental health: Progress, partnerships, and integration.


"Talking it Over," the latest resource from TLM Northern Ireland for young people. Through games, stories, and craft activities, it delves into the transformative power of listening. Plus, it provides an opportunity for groups to support The Leprosy Mission's counselling services.