Zee Media Bureau/Ritu Singh
New Delhi: Despite advancements in education and medical science, mental illness in our society is still considered a stigma. Basically neglected and frowned upon, mental disorders are not taken seriously in our society which then escalates to menacing heights. For several Indians, the subject of mental health is still a taboo. Look around, anyone could be suffering from a mental illness but won't voice his/her concern because of the fear of being judged. World Mental Health Day is an endeavour to raise awareness about such mental disorders and promote a healthy thinking.
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.
Here are some facts enumerated by WHO which you should know:
- Around 20% of the world's children and adolescents have mental disorders or problems
- Mental and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide
- About 23% of all years lost because of disability is caused by mental and substance use disorders.
- About 800 000 people commit suicide every year
- War and disasters have a large impact on mental health and psychosocial well-being
- Mental disorders are important risk factors for other diseases, as well as unintentional and intentional injury
- Stigma and discrimination against patients and families prevent people from seeking mental health care
- Human rights violations of people with mental and psychosocial disability are routinely reported in most countries
- Globally, there is huge inequity in the distribution of skilled human resources for mental health
- There are 5 key barriers to increasing mental health services availability