Hello everyone! Welcome back to the new academic year, I hope you all are doing well. The mental health column is back at it again with new thoughts, entries, and work. I am very excited to touch upon new topics and share more information with all of you, if you want to contribute or get in touch, just email or drop a Teams message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 60 Million Indians suffer from some form of MENTAL ILLNESS
- There are only 0.3% Psychiatrists per 1,00,000 people in India while WHO suggests at least 3% per 10,000 people.
- 0.9 % of our Population has High Risk of Suicide
Now, let’s talk about: The mental health status globally
- 1 billion people worldwide suffer from a mental disorder
- 1 in 5 adults have considered taking their own life at some point
- Poor mental health will cost the world economy $6 trillion by 2030
Mental health is becoming a bigger problem day by day, clearly. It is affecting our world in all sorts of ways, economically as well.
Mental health issues are inevitable. That’s not the issue.
Did you know that 50% or half of mental health patients didn’t seek help last year because of lack of information, pride, fear, or it being very expensive
The problem is lack of mental health resources + availability, information or affordability, and stigma.
In fact, in the summer of 2019, Bloomberg news found that in the 400 miles between two areas of U.S: Billings and Bismarck, there is only one psychiatrist in the whole region. That’s a sixth of the entire country.
When I say lack of information, I mainly mean lack of authentic, true information. There is loads of misinformation and misconception around this topic. These are some actual myths people believe in:
“Mental health disorders are signs of weakness”
“Poor mental health is not a big issue for teenagers. They just have mood swings caused by hormonal fluctuations and act out due to a desire for attention.”
“If a person has a mental health condition, it means the person has low intelligence.”
Stigma is something we have talked about before. It’s when the topic of mental illness is viewed through a negative lens. When it’s considered a “taboo topic” of some sort.
Affordability is a whole other issue all together. Mental health care is not accessible due to high prescription costs, out of pocket expenses and high co-pays (a fixed amount paid you have to pay if you’re insured for covered services).
That’s a little insight into the current mental health status and the problems we are facing. What do you have to say about this?
Thank you for reading!
Written By Anoushka Jolly (MYP 4A)