COVID-19 exacted a toll on health citizens’ mental health, worsening a public health challenge that was already acute before the pandemic.
It’s World Mental Health Day, an event marked by global and local stakeholders across the mental health ecosystem.
On the global front, the World Health Organization (WHO) describes the universal phenomenon and burden of mental health on the Earth’s people…
- Nearly 1 billion people have a mental disorder
- Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide, impacting about 5% of the world’s population
- People with severe mental disorders like schizophrenia tend to die as much as 20 years earlier than the overall population
- One in every 100 deaths is by suicide, the fourth leading cause of death for young people aged 15-29 years.
And of course, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the world’s mental health.