Rather than treating mental illness. . . .
Why not prevent it instead?
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A new Lancet Commission report on mental health said that mental disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and will cost the global economy $16 trillion by 2030! The economic cost is primarily due to early onset of mental illness and lost productivity, with an estimated 12 billion working days lost due to mental illness every year.
“Mental health is often neglected and underfunded, even though nearly 2 billion people suffer from mental illness every year,” said Lancet report co-author Dr Janice Cooper, who leads the Carter Center’s mental health work in Liberia.
Today's mental health situation is not encouraging either.
- Depression affects more than 300 million people worldwide every year which is nearly the equivalent of the population of the United States.
- An additional 260 million people suffer from anxiety disorders
- More Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS.
- Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year and suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.
- 129 people die by suicide in the USA alone each and every day
- Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
- Mental health disorders currently cost the global economy more than $1 trillion in lost productivity a year
- The total economic burden of MDD (Major Depressive Disorder) in the United States alone is now estimated to be $210.5 billion per year, representing a 21.5% increase from $173.2 billion per year in 2005.
- Diagnoses of major depression in the U.S. have risen by 33% since 2013, according to US insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS). And this is rising even faster among millennials (up 47%) and adolescents (an increase of 47% for boys and 65% for girls).
- A 2017 study found that up to 300,000 Britons lose their jobs each year because of mental illnesses
- Each of these statistics doesn’t tell the whole story of the serious impact of mental illness because they represent people directly affected. Family members, friends, co-workers and others are indirectly impacted by these conditions so the impact on the population as a whole can be considered a multiple of the numbers above.
And the COVID-19 pandemic has made this bad situation even worse!
Annual Depression Counter
According to the World Health Organization, in 2021 more than 300 million people of all ages, will suffer from depression. Based on this projection, the approximate number of people who have become depressed since January 1, 2021 is
According to The World Health Organization:
|"Fear, worry, and stress are normal responses to perceived or real threats, and at times when we are faced with uncertainty or the unknown. So it is normal and understandable that people are experiencing fear in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Added to the fear of contracting the virus in a pandemic such as COVID-19 are the significant changes to our daily lives as our movements are restricted in support of efforts to contain and slow down the spread of the virus. Faced with new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends and colleagues, it is important that we look after our mental, as well as our physical, health."
The World Health Organization goes on to report:
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93% of countries worldwide while the demand for mental health is increasing, according to a new WHO survey. The survey of 130 countries provides the first global data showing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on access to mental health services and underscores the urgent need for increased funding.
The survey was published ahead of WHO’s Big Event for Mental Health ̶ a global online advocacy event on 10 October that will bring together world leaders, celebrities, and advocates to call for increased mental health investments in the wake of COVID-19.
WHO has previously highlighted the chronic underfunding of mental health: prior to the pandemic, countries were spending less than 2 per cent of their national health budgets on mental health, and struggling to meet their populations’ needs.
And the pandemic is increasing demand for mental health services. Bereavement, isolation, loss of income and fear are triggering mental health conditions or exacerbating existing ones. Many people may be facing increased levels of alcohol and drug use, insomnia, and anxiety. Meanwhile, COVID-19 itself can lead to neurological and mental complications, such as delirium, agitation, and stroke. People with pre-existing mental, neurological or substance use disorders are also more vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 infection ̶ they may stand a higher risk of severe outcomes and even death.
“Good mental health is absolutely fundamental to overall health and well-being,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “COVID-19 has interrupted essential mental health services around the world just when they’re needed most. World leaders must move fast and decisively to invest more in life-saving mental health programmes ̶ during the pandemic and beyond.”
And Now, The Good News . . . .
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