In The Happiest Place On Earth, A Revolution In Mental Health Care

Mental health crises are making headlines across the world. And even pre-Covid, in 2017, the WHO recorded a 13 percent jump in mental health conditions and substance use disorders compared to the previous decade. While health systems strain to keep pace, Helsinki-based social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow, Markus Raivio is advancing a new approach that assumes health, not illness, and turns to peers before practitioners. Ashoka’s Ana Sáenz de Miera spoke to Raivio to learn more.

Ana Sáenz de Miera: Markus, you’re challenging a core assumption of many psychotherapists: that those who suffer from mental health conditions need professional fixing. Are you really saying that if I have

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