Mental health disorders around the world predicted to cost trillions

Desiree Steele
October 10, 2018

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In fact, almost half of the respondents said they have considered resigning the job because of the impact it has on their mental health.

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It's a sobering thought; One in every five Americans is believed to be suffering from a mental health issue like depression or anxiety.

It will ensure that mental health and suicide prevention research is translated into practice - enabling science and services to work together to reduce the prevalence of mental illness and suicide, and improve care for those facing mental health challenges. "In 2016, a tragic case occurred in South Africa when the Gauteng Department of Health stopped funding a large 2,000 bed facility and allowed the discharge of vulnerable people with psychosocial disability into improperly licensed community residential facilities, leading to the death of more than 140 people", says the report.


He said prevention of teen suicides starts with better understanding of the symptoms of depression.

In a separate survey, of 800 people who had attended general first aid courses with St John Ambulance, more than half (55%) were unaware that employees had rights if treated unfairly by their bosses on mental health grounds. "We hope all employers will join us to promote mental health".

In the UAE, mental health is a national priority with the government taking steps to introduce policies and a framework to improve the mental well-being of youths and adults.

"People are realising that these are issues which need to be dealt with in the same open way as we deal with physical health problems", GMWS said.

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Around 4,500 people take their own lives each year in England and suicide remains the leading cause of death for men under 45.

There is also a need for greater recognition of mental health pressures faced by cancer patients, from feeling isolated to enduring the exhaustion of treatments such as chemotherapy. Despite the progress we've made, there's still a long way to go.

It also warns of falling numbers of child psychiatrists, at a time when demand continues to rise.

"It is for this reason that there can be no sustainable development without attention to mental health". The statistics show that just 21% of employees receive dedicated mental health support from their employer.


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