Mental Health Around the World

450 million people worldwide suffer from mental health issues. Wikipedia state that “mental health is a level of psychological well-being or an absence of mental illness – the state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioural adjustment”.

Different types of mental health problems include anxiety and panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder and eating disorders.

By looking at mental health throughout the world, we can see how countries deal with mental health problems. So is there still a social stigma attached to mental health issues? Read on to learn more…

Ireland

In Ireland, 1 in 4 people suffer from MH. Depression affects around 1 in 12 of the Irish population.

Some 18.5 % of the population was recorded as having a MH disorder in 2016. Ireland has one of the highest rates of MH illness in Europe. It ranked joint 3rd out of 36 countries that were surveyed.

Out of 1000 Irish residents surveyed, 48% of Irish people admit that they should make more time to talk about their mental health.

England

1 in 4 people are affected in the UK. 67% of people are more comfortable talking about their Mental Health than 5 years ago. However, the NHS are struggling to cope with rising demand for MH care. Around 8% of the UK population are suffering from some form of depression.

In 2006, there were a total of 31 million antidepressant drug prescriptions prescribed. In 2016, there were 65 million antidepressant drug prescriptions prescribed in the UK.

In terms of stigma within England, 9 in 10 people who have had MH problems report that they have suffered stigma and discrimination. https://www.bbc.com/news/health-41125009

Italy

In 2014, 2.6 million people were suffering from depression in Italy. Depression was the most common mental illness in Italy between 2005 and 2013. Over 2.8 million people aged 15 and over suffered from chronic depression in 2015.

France

Around 3 million people in France suffer from a serious mental illness.

America

44 million American adults have a MH condition. 8.7% of youths (over 2 million) suffer from severe depression. 56.4 % received no treatment. Anxiety is the most common mental health problem in America and affects 40 million adults ages 18 +.

Latvia

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in Latvia. Almost 90% of depressed Latvians don’t seek treatment. Only 10% seek treatment for depression. In 2018, Latvian students displayed a higher prevalence of anxiety, depressive and physical symptoms.

Denmark

Despite being named one of the happiest countries in the world, 13.2% of adults have MH issues in Denmark. 19% of women and 13% of men receive treatment for anxiety while 16% of women and only 9% of men receive treatment for depression.

Philippines

People with a mental illness in developing countries such as the Philippines are often seen as dangerous and aggressive. In 2004, there were over 4.5 million cases of depression. Latest reports show that 3.3 million people suffer from depressive disorder while 3.1 million suffer from anxiety. There are only 2 mental health workers per 100,000 population.

Australia

In 2007, anxiety disorders such as panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder were the most common mental health issues in Australia affecting 14% of people. Around $9 billion was spent on mental health related services in 2015-2016. 1 in 5 Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year.

So from this post you can see that there still seems to be a stigma surrounding mental health. However, you can also see from this post that if you suffer from a mental health issue you are certainly NOT alone. People from Ireland all the way over to Australia suffer from a mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

I hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for reading x

5 ways employers can help employees with mental health issues

Listen to any concerns/questions they may have

If an employee has any questions or just needs to talk about their mental health (e.g they have been feeling overly stressed or anxious lately), listen attentively and try to come up with a solution to the problem so that they can continue to concentrate on their work.

Regularly check in with them

Make an appointment or organize a quick meeting and let employees know about looking after their health (E.g powerpoint on how to reduce stress ).

Organize mental health events in the workplace (E.g coffee morning )

Get the whole workplace to come together for a coffee morning in aid of a mental health charity such as Pieta House or Mental Health Ireland. Employees can chat with others, drink tea/coffee and eat scones in aid of a charity of their choice. Also don’t forget to donate!

Time off

Employees should be entitled to some time off due to intense anxiety/other mental health issue. The employer can request a doctor’s certificate or otherwise and note the number of working days missed. It is imperative that employees are in good health in order to work to their full potential.

Ensure workplace is safe and friendly

Employers should make sure that no bullying is taking place in the workplace. In the event that an employer is notified that bullying may be taking place, it is their responsibility that the matter is quickly dealt with.

Mental Health Playlist

Songs for when you’re struggling with your mental health

  • X Ambassadors – Unsteady
  • Coldplay – Fix you
  • Christina Perri – The lonely
  • Nickelback – Lullaby
  • Yuna – Mermaid
  • Bebe Rexha – I’m a mess
  • Sia – Titanium
  • Coldplay – Lost
  • Goo goo dolls – Iris
  • Sia – Breathe me
  • Imagine Dragons – Demons
  • Jeremy Zucker – All the kids are depressed
  • Troye Sivan – Happy Little Pill
  • Professor Green – Lullaby
  • Skrribbz – They said I’d never make it
  • The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

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The Hole in the Ground – movie review

Movie Information

Director: Lee Cronin

Music composed byStephen McKeon

Producers:Conor BarryJohn Keville

Screenplay:Lee CroninStephen Shields

Genre: Thriller/Horror

Cast: Seana Kerslake, James Cosmo, Eoin Macken, Kati Outinen

Movie Information and Synopsis from Google

Synopsis

One night, Sarah’s young son disappears into the woods behind their rural home. When he returns, he looks the same, but his behaviour grows increasingly disturbing. Sarah begins to believe that the boy who returned may not be her son at all.

Overall Plot

Sarah and her son Chris move to a deserted woodland area. The single mother and her son have a close bond. Early on, it is hinted that Sarah may have been at the hands of domestic violence from Chris’s dad and seems to be upset when Chris asks or talks about him. “Why did we move here without him? It’s not that simple sweetie. “

The domestic violence is confirmed in a later scene at a doctor’s appointment.

A potentially fatal crash scene is shown in the first few minutes and both main characters are unhurt. A woman with a long white dress and a black cloak walks barefoot along the road while Sarah tries to figure out why she’s in the middle of the road in the first place. The woman continues to whisper to herself seemingly unaware that Sarah is trying to talk to her.

Sarah and her son return home. Chris asks about his dad before running off into the woods as Sarah chases after him. Sarah sees the hole in the ground. Chris stands behind her.

Later, Sarah attends dinner with friends as they talk about the woman she had seen earlier on the road.

Sarah hears a noise in the night and goes downstairs to see that the door is open. She goes out to find Chris who has disappeared and proceeds to call the police only for Chris to show up minutes later.

She gets sleeping tablets from the doctor. Around half an hour into the film, the woman is seen yet again. The woman’s husband comes outside to introduce himself. The woman begins to glare strangely at Chris who is seated in the passenger seat. The woman bangs her head on the window and repeatedly shouts he’s not your son. A frightened Sarah returns home with Chris.

Shortly after this event, Sarah begins to question if Chris is her son or if the young boy in her house is an imposter.

 Review

This movie was giving off Blair witch project and case 39 vibes. Some would say it even has a similar plot to the changeling. There was great acting from Seana Kerslake in this. After starring in various comedic roles (A date for mad Mary and can’t cope, won’t cope), I was surprised to see her star in a horror film. A talented Irish actress.

This mother – child horror plot has been done many times already. Emily and Lilith in “Case 39” and Christine challenging the authorities in “Changeling” had a very similar plot to “The Hole in the Ground”.

While the film was chilling at times, the unoriginal plot made it seem like the Irish Changeling. The film had its good moments with some creepy scenes. The first half of the film was well done and kept the audience entertained. However, shortly after the plot began to fall into a hole of its own as the movie had no direction and even I was confused as to what exactly was going on.

Conclusion

I’m glad the Irish have begun to take on horror movies. As a debut Irish horror, I would have to say the director Lee Cronin did pretty well. The cinematography was very well done and suited the film perfectly with the chilling atmosphere all the while keeping the colour palette the same throughout. Extra points for keeping the film bright throughout (I hate watching horrors where it’s dark the whole film and you can’t see a thing).

Yes, the plot was unoriginal but up until the final parts of the film, it was a fairly creepy Irish horror. Sadly, I was disappointed with the ending as instead of feeling pleased, I was very confused by the film’s conclusion. A good Irish horror debut.

Scare factor: 2

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

You can watch the trailer for The Hole in the Ground here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mj18aFsAT1E

If you would like to check out other horror movies click here: http://lifeisanadventure.ie/2018/08/09/my-favourite-horror-films/