On October 4th, 2001 experts at the WHO (World Health Organization) estimated that 450 million people were currently suffering from some kind of mental illness across the planet. This was accompanied by a disturbing theory that 25% of the world’s population would at some point in their lives, be affected by mental illness [These results were gathered using WMH-CIDI criteria used by trained lay investigators] .
As humans in a modern society we often go to great lengths to (at least in theory) take care of ourselves. So we have, in most parts of the world, a well developed (or at least developing) health care system and the treatment of physical ailments, diseases, and injury. All of which is continuously monitored and reported, all $6.5 trillion of it. Why add this tid-bit of info? Let’s do a bit of a comparison shall we?
When it comes to mental health care the story is quite different. Armed only with data from 2001 (54th world health assembly we can only refer to old data (Which goes to show how much of a priority this is to the rest of the world). With this said, the data we have in its entirety is disturbing. According to the data provided in the report, 40% of the worlds governments have absolutely no mental health policies, which means no help programs, no government support, and no official mental health research.