Welcome to ACIDD
ACIDD recognizes the urgent need to address, and educate the public about the seriousness of the mental health issue. This year in 2017, October 10 was celebrated as the World health Day! World Mental Health Day raises awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.
How concerned are we about reports that mental illness has become an epidemic striking one out of every four people in the world today? Mental illness threatens to engulf us all. Twenty million schoolchildren worldwide have now been diagnosed with mental disorders. Psychiatric drug use and abuse is surging world wide. Driven by DSM derived mental illness statistics, the international mental health budget has skyrocketed in the last ten years. In the US, mental health budget has soared from $33 billion to $90 billion today. Switzerland’s spending on mental health increased from $73.5 million in 1988 to more than $185 million today. Germany spends more than $2.6 billion a year on mental health. Many critical challenges facing societies today reflect the vital need to strengthen individuals through workable, viable and humanitarian alternatives to harmful psychiatric options. Above all, it recognizes that people with co-occurring intellectual and developmental disabilities are at high risk of developing additional mental health problems that go unrecognized all over the world. Mental illness affects general well-being, personal independence, productivity, and quality of life of people. It impacts their family, gives rise to stigmatization and prejudice that lead to further social exclusion and legal execution.
ACIDD aims to enrich and empower people with serious mental illness and individuals that have ‘the other dual diagnosis’ of intellectual disability and mental disorders facing the challenge of diverse mental disorders. We support the community through education, training, advocacy, quality care and empowerment of people who live their lives every day with mental health issues. Read More »