Raising Awareness About Mental Health

 

The best way to maintain both your mental and emotional health, is to stay aware of your own needs and feelings. Education is key; The World Health Organization has put together a list of “10 Facts on Mental Health”:

  1. Around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have mental disorders/problems
  2. Mental and substance use disorders are the leading causes of disability worldwide
  3. About 800,000 people commit suicide every year
  4. War and disasters have a large impact on mental health and psychosocial well-being
  5. Mental disorders are important risk factors for other diseases as well as intentional and unintentional injury
  6. Stigma and discrimination against patients and families prevent people from seeking mental health care
  7. Human rights violations of people with mental and psychosocial disability are routinely reported in most countries
  8. Globally, there is huge inequity in the distribution of skilled human resources for mental health
  9. There are 5 key barriers to increasing mental health services availability
  10. Financial resources to increase services are relatively modest

For more information surrounding these 10 facts visit:

http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/mental_health/mental_health_facts/en/index9.html

 

The National Institute of Mental Health provides terms/definitions, statistics, and treatment methods. This can be found at:

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness.shtml

Additional resources for youth:

 

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