Global Mental Health Statistics
Mental illness and health are human rights issues and need to be discussed in today’s world. These global mental health statistics give us an overview of how mental illness affects people. Understanding how mental illness affects people around the world can help us better solve the mental health crisis we are in.
Global Mental Health Statistics Overview
Depression and Anxiety Disorder Statistics
- Depression affects over 300 million people worldwide, regardless of culture, age, gender, religion, race or economic status.
- more than 75% of people in low- and middle-income countries receive no treatment for depression.
- Although high-income countries offer “minimally-adequate” treatment for depression in 23 per cent of cases, this drops to just three per cent in low and lower middle-income countries.
- Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among people aged 15-29.
- 284 million people suffer from an anxiety disorder worldwide
- Anxiety disorders disproportionately affect women, and 2.8% of males suffer from an anxiety disorder, where 4.7% of females suffer from anxiety disorders
- In a 2020 survey, 62% of respondents reported experiencing some degree of anxiety.
- In the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, global prevalence of anxiety increased by a massive 25%
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Substance Abuse Disorder Statistics
- 178 million people worldwide suffer from a substance abuse disorder, including drugs and alcohol.
- Substance abuse disproportionately affects men, with 2% of males experiencing a substance abuse disorder, where only 0.8% of females experience a substance abuse disorder.
- Globally, substance use is responsible for 11.8 million deaths annually This is one in five deaths globally.
- More than half of those who die from alcohol or drug overdoses are younger than 50.
Statistics for Mental Illness in the United States
Global Access to Mental Health Services
- The percentage of young adults aged 18-25 years with a serious mental illness who received mental health treatment (57.6%) was lower than adults with a serious mental illness aged 26-49 years (63.0%) and aged 50 and older (72.9%).
Mental health is a human rights issue and impacts everyone. Caring for people who suffer from mental illness or addiction can change the world and the lives of people around the world. If you want to be a part of global mental health initiatives, Children’s Hope Chest is paving the way for better mental health across the globe.