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Mental health is truly the last great frontier in medicine. While modern medical professionals understand our bodies deeply, our minds are still somewhat of a mystery.
This is especially true when it comes to mental illness. Often, people refuse to see mental illness for what it is – a physiological problem caused by physical imbalances in the brain. A disease or affliction that’s as real as diabetes, cancer, or any other “physical” illness.
To help you understand the statistics behind mental illness, we’ve put together 3 of the most surprising statistics about mental health and mental illness in our modern world.
1. Most People Suffering From Mental Illness Don’t Seek Help
This is one of the most unfortunate facts about our modern world. Despite our attitudes towards mental health issues changing, many people who suffer from mental illness don’t seek help – they hide their condition, or pretend that everything is fine.
They do this to avoid judgment. Often, mental illness is seen as a defect of character or morality – not as a real, physically debilitating condition. Some estimates put the number of untreated people with mental illness as high as 80% – a staggering number indeed.
2. 1 In 4 People Are At Risk Of Developing Mental Health Issues
Mental health issues are extremely common – 1 in 4 adults are at risk of developing a severe mental health condition each and every year. This makes serious mental illnesses like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder as common as heart disease – the #1 killer of people worldwide.
Given the enormous number of individuals at risk of severe mental health problems, it’s difficult to understand why this issue doesn’t get more coverage in the press. Perhaps it’s because mental illnesses are, by their very nature, hidden. Unlike a physical injury or a disease, there’s no way to determine the mental health of a given individual at a glance, making it much less visible to the public.
3. 50 Percent Of People Who Commit Suicide Suffer From Depression
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death worldwide in developed countries – and depression is the main driving factor behind most suicides.
It is an interesting commentary on the state of our society that depression is not usually seen as the primary contributing factor behind these deaths. Would it not be apt to list “depression” as the cause of death in a suicide, rather than whichever method an individual used to end their own life? After all, it is not the fault of the rope, nor the gun, nor the car that a person commits suicide – but rather, depression or another debilitating mental illness (such as bipolar disorder) that is left untreated. The fact that our society does not typically acknowledge this fact is very telling of our attitude toward mental health.
Talk To Others About Mental Health And Spread The Word – With Paralign
If you’d like to discuss strategies to spread awareness and educate others, Paralign is a fantastic place to start. Our advanced algorithm can place you into anonymous conversations with others who wish to discuss mental health.
Because you’re anonymous, there’s no barrier to what you can share – whether you’d like to talk about a recent episode of depression, or discuss strategies to deal with your mental illness – or even share your own progress with others.
So come to Paralign. There’s no shame in having mental illness – and we can help you share your thoughts and feelings with the world, totally judgement-free.