Facts on Mental Health

These are the facts taken from WHO and Time to change(UK) as they are few of the most reliable sources of information available on the internet.

1. Anyone can develop mental illness. Yes absolutely anyone irrespective of age, sex, income, race, religion etc.

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2. Around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have mental health problems.

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3. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem on any given year. It means that more than 150 crore people in the world could experience a mental health issue in their lifetime, which is more than the population of India!!

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4. Mental and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide.disability

5. About 8,00,000 people commit suicide every year. Mental health disorders contribute to most of them.

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6. War and disasters have a large impact on mental health and psychological well-being.

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7. Mental disorders are important risk factors for other diseases.

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8. There is a lot of discrimination and stigma against patients and families leading to preventing them from seeking treatment.

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9. Human rights violation of people with mental and psychosocial disability are often reported in lot of countries.

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10. Globally there is acute shortage of skilled mental health professionals.

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11. 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.

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12. We probably all work with someone experiencing a mental health problem.

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13. Nearly 3 in 4  young people fear the reaction of their friends when they talk about their mental health problems.

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14. Mental disorders can now be diagnosed as reliably and accurately as the most common physical disorders; some can be prevented, all can be successfully managed and treated.

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15. People can regain their mental health, but not with medication alone. With the right treatment and support, recovery is possible.

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