Mental health: A world of Depression
A global view of the burden caused by depression
Depression is a major human blight. Globally, it is responsible for more ‘years lost’ to disability than any other condition. This is largely because so many people suffer from it — some 350 million, according to the World Health Organization — and the fact that it lasts for many years. (When ranked by disability and death combined, depression comes ninth behind prolific killers such as heart disease, stroke and HIV.) Yet depression is widely undiagnosed and untreated because of stigma, lack of effective therapies and inadequate mental-health resources. Almost half of the world’s population lives in a country with only two psychiatrists per 100,000 people.
Sources: Prevalence: A. J. Ferrari et al. PLoS Med. 10, e1001547 (2013) based on data from 2010; Psychiatrists (2011): World Health Organization
Source: NIH (US spending)
Source: World Health Organization (2010)
- Kerri Smith
Presented by the World Federation of Mental Health, World Mental Health Day will be on October 10, 2018. The goal is to help raise mental health awareness. Each of us can make a contribution to ensure that people dealing with problems concerning mental health can live better lives with dignity.
Every year one adult in four, along with one child in ten, will have a mental health issue. These conditions can profoundly affect literally millions of lives, affecting the capability of these individuals to make it through the day, to sustain relationships, and to maintain work.
The stigma attached to mental health causes a damaging, albeit ill-informed, attitude, making it more difficult for those affected to pursue help. According to UK estimates, only about one-fourth of those with mental health problems undergo ongoing treatment. By stark contrast, the vast majority of those affected with these problems are faced with a variety of issues, ranging from isolation to uncertainty on where to get help or information, to relying on the informal support of family, friends or colleagues.
The best way to deal with this stigma is through facts and a better understanding of mental health problems. From identifying the causes, pinpointing solutions, and ultimately recognizing that we are really dealing with medical issues. The Chains of Mental Illness in West Africa
In parts of West Africa, religious retreats set up camps for people with mental illnesses, where patients are frequently shackled and prayer is often the only treatment. BENEDICT CAREY of New York Times Reported on October 11, 2015. Read More…of mental Illness in West Africa
Where the police are part of mental health care
The following article appeared in “The Atlantic” written by Jenny Gold. Jenny writes in “Where the Police Are Part of Mental Health Care” that “Antonio and Bexar County, Texas, have completely overhauled their mental health system into a program that is considered a model for the rest of the nation. Today, the jails are under capacity, and the city has saved $50 million over the past five years”. Read more….
Rise in Autism May Be Due to Semantics, Study Finds (NBC News)
A new study suggests the idea that more kids are being diagnosed with autism not because something catastrophic has happened to U.S. children, but rather because they’re simply being classified and diagnosed differently. Read More….