Wednesday, October 05, 2011

October 10th is World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day has been celebrated annually on the 10th of October since 1992. Now in it's 19th year, this year's campaign is "Investing in Mental Health."

Here are some facts about mental health:

*The burden of mental disorders gives rise to huge social and economic consequences to individuals, their families and whole communities or populations.

*Neuropsychiatric disorders cause 1/3 of years lost due to disability worldwide and account for 13% of total disease burden.

*80% of the global burden of disease due to mental disorders is found in low- and middle-income countries.

*Among all disabilities, mental disorders are associated with the highest rates of unemployment, between 70% and 90%.

*Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

*33% of countries have no mental health budget.

*1 in 4 people will be affected by a mental disorder at some point in their lives.

*Every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide.

*4 out of 5 people with mental disorders in developing countries don’t receive treatment.

*Almost 50% of all mental disorders begin before the age of 14.

I blog for World Mental Health Day


Judy (kenju) said...

Interesting facts.

Judy (kenju) said...

Thanks for the visit and comment. Once they finish tearing out the old bricks, they will use newer ones to rebuild it, but they are so near in color and texture to the old ones, that we might not be able to tell the difference. I hope not

Adam Glenn said...

Those are sobering facts.

professional counselors said...

Thanks for interesting topic.Really 10 Oct is world "mental health day".Keep posting and updating your blog.

KathyMorelli said...

Geez, unbelievable there arent walks all over the nation & world on this day.

Dawn said...

I had no idea these numbers were so high :(. I've been seeing a lot of commercials lately about depression and mental health awareness. Just this morning I watched an open panel discussion on suicide. People are talking more now than ever I think. I just hope the talking doesn't stop.

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