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