15 Facts About Mental Health and Mental Disorders

I apologize for not writing on a weekly basis as I usually do! It’s been a super busy week. On the bright side, I had bonding time with my family in Claremont and my friend from New York visited California. I had a great blog planned for this week, but I need to do more analysis and research so it can be fantastic. So this week, here are some fifteen facts about mental health and mental illness!

  1. In 2020, depression will the main cause of disability globally.
  2. About 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have mental disorders or problems.
  3. Over 800,000 people commit suicide each year. It is the second leading cause of death for people between 15 to 29-year-olds.
  4. War and disasters often have a huge impact and psychological well being. Rates of mental health disorder often double after disasters.
  5. Low socio-economic countries have 0.05 psychiatrists and 0.42 nurses per 100,000 people. Hence why shortages of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, and social workers are one of the main barriers to providing treatment for individuals in middle to low socio-economic countries.
  6. Mental Disorders are important risk factors for diseases such as HIV, cardiovascular disease, and mental health.
  7. Most people with mental illness are not more likely to be violent than anyone else. Only 3% to 5% of violent acts can be contributed to people experiencing serious mental illness. In fact, people with severe mental illness are 10 times more likely to be victims of a violent crime than the general public.
  8. Personality weakness and character flaws have nothing to do with mental illness. Many factors contribute to mental illness such as biological factors such as genes, life experiences such as trauma, and family history of mental illness.
  9. Human rights’ issues of people with mental and physical disabilities are habitually recorded in most countries. These violations include seclusion, physical restraint, and denial of basic needs and privacy.
  10. Stigma and discrimination against patients and families prevent them from seeking help.
  11. Friends and loved ones can make a big difference for someone experiencing mental illness. Only 44% of adults with diagnosable mental health problems and 20% of children and adolescents received the mental health care that they need. Friends and family can help by reaching out and letting them be aware they are able to help, helping them access mental health care services, and refusing to define them by their label.
  12. Mental illness usually strikes individuals who are at the prime of their lives, often during adolescence and young adulthood.
  13. Without treatment for mental illness, the consequences for the individual and society are often huge. It includes homelessness, unemployment, substance abuse, inappropriate incarceration, and suicide.
  14. The best treatment for serious mental illnesses are highly effective. Between 70 to 90 percent of individuals show a huge reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with a combination of medication and psycho social treatment.
  15. The 5 key barriers to increase mental health services are the absence of mental health in the public health agenda and the implications for funding, the current organization of mental health services, lack of integration in the primary care field, inadequate human resources for mental health, and the lack of mental health leadership.

Citations: 

10 facts on mental health. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2018, from http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/mental_health/mental_health_facts/en/index8.html

10 facts on mental health. (2016, October 14). Retrieved January 30, 2018, from http://somapsy.org/en/ten-facts-on-mental-health/

Mental Health Myths and Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2018, from https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/mental-health-myths-facts

Mental Illness Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved January 30, 2018, from https://namica.org/resources/mental-illness/mental-illness-facts/