10 Global Mental Health Facts

World Health Organization or WHO


  1. War & Disasters Have a Large Impact on Mental Health and Psychological Wellness. Mental Health disorders double when a natural disaster occurs or war breaks out.
  2. There is a Huge Disparity in the distribution of skilled Human Resources in Mental Health Fields: The shortage of social workers, psychologist, nurses in psychology are among the main barriers to providing treatment and providing adequate care in low to medium income countries. 
  3. About 800,000 people a year commit suicide: Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in persons 15-29. For every 1 person that has committed suicide there are 20 others who attempted and failed. 75% of suicides occur in low and middle income countries
  4. Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders are the Leading Cause of Disability Worldwide: Approximately 23% of all years lost was due to disabilities caused by substance or mental health disorders.
  5. Financial resources are need to increase mental health services: Structural increase ( creating or building agencies and workers within the mental health field) to support and increase mental health services to the middle and low income countries. The resources are estimated to cost as little as US$2 per capita per year for low income countries and US$3-4 in lower middle income countries. 
  6. Mental Health Disorders are Risk Factors for Other Diseases as well as Intentional and Unintentional Harm or Injury. A person suffering from a mental health issues is at a higher risk for contracting and spreading communicable disease such as HIV or Hepatitis or being debilitated by complications from diabetes, high blood pressure or heart diseases.
  7. Stigma and Discrimination Against Families & Patients Hinder & Prevent People Accessing and Seeking Help: The stigma and misunderstandings surrounding mental health often leads to isolation and fear among those suffering. The silence further supports the stigma which contributes to abuse and further rejection or exclusion of health care support. 
  8. Around 20% of the Worlds Children and Adolescents Have a Mental Disorder or Problem. Neuropsychiatric* disorders are among the leading causes of worldwide disability in young people. With only 1 child psychiatrist for every 1 to 4 million people in most low and middle income countries. 
  9. Human Rights Violations of People With Mental & Psychosocial* Disabilities are routinely reported . There are few countries in the world that have a legal frame work to protect and adequately protect the rights of people with mental health disorders.
  10. There are 5 Key Barriers to Increase Mental Health Services Accessibility.  
  • Lack of Public Mental Health Leadership
  • Inadequate human resources (Ill add lack of adequate wage)
  • Lack of integration with primary care providers
  • The current mental health services organization or lack thereof
  • Funding or the lack of adequate funding. 

(*Neuropsychiatry is a branch of medicine that deals with mental disorders attributable to diseases of the nervous system. It preceded the current disciplines of psychiatry and neurology, which had common training.)

(*Psychosocial A term referring to the mind's ability to, consciously or unconsciously, adjust and relate the body to its social environment.)