Poverty And The Leading Causes Of Mental Health

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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
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It has been proved by various bodies of researchers that there are clear links between the rise in people suffering from psychological disorders and the increase in those suffering from obesity, smoking related diseases and heart problems. Furthermore it is clear that not only does poor mental health affect the sufferer themselves but it has an impact on those immediately surrounding and the population as a whole. While attitudes surrounding this issue have been improving slowly over the past few years it is clear that there is still a lo of social stigma surround the idea of poor mental health. Nearly nine out of ten people with mental health problems say that stigma and discrimination have a negative effect on their lives. These ‘negative effects’ feed back into society in a negative way as these sufferers find education, employment and housing harder to obtain. It is important to improve early intervention techniques and increase awareness and education to provide a society that feels safe and welcoming for those who are battling mental illnesses. This is a topic that is often brushed over by those in power. however, the fact is that is we aim to improve the mental health services and stigma surrounding psychological disorders there will undoubtedly be a knock on effect as an improvement will be seen in the numbers who are homeless, unemployed, uneducated, smoking, abusing drugs and suffering from diseases such as lung cancer, COPD, obesity and cardiovascular

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