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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

970 million people with mental illness

970 million people around the world struggle with some mental illness or drug abuse.

1 in 4 people will be affected by a mental illness at some point in their lives.

14.3% of mental health victims die

14.3% of deaths worldwide, or approximately 8 million deaths each year, are attributable to mental disorders.

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The prevalence of all mental disorders increased by 50% worldwide from 416 million to 615 million between 1990 and 2013.

Depression and Anxiety Disorder Statistics

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Global Access to Mental Health Services

  • In 2020, among the 14.2 million adults with a serious mental illness, 9.1 million (64.5%) received mental health treatment in the past year.
  • Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
  • The total cost of treatment for anxiety and depression disorders across 36 countries worldwide is estimated to be $147 billion by 2030.
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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.

Written in partnership with Reach The Lost.