Essay Mental Health Is A State Of Well Being

1605 Words Feb 20th, 2016 7 Pages
Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. (WHO)

According to the World Health Organisation one in four people will be affected by a mental health problem at some point throughout their lives. This means 450 million people worldwide are suffering from a mental illness placing them among the leading cause of health issues globally. Schizophrenia, depression, epilepsy, dementia, alcohol dependence and other mental, neurological and substance-use disorders make up 13% of those who have a disease, surpassing both cardiovascular disease and cancer. [National Institutes of Health] It has been predicted that by 2030, depression will be the second highest cause of the disease burden in meddle income families and the third highest in those in low income countries.(WHO) When you think about the vast range of diseases and illnesses out there- obesity, coronary heart disease, COPD - this a a pretty shocking statistic. It has been found that in the United States, those with severe mental illness die 25 years earlier than those who are deemed to have goo mental health. In Denmark, the gap is 18.7 years while it is even higher in countries that are still ‘developing’. (Psychiatric News) People with mental disorders experience higher rates of disability and mortality. Take for example, someone with major…

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