Mental Illness: The Rising Storm

Art by Rob Goldstein

On October 4th, 2001 experts at the WHO (World Health Organization) estimated that 450 million people were currently suffering from some kind of mental illness across the planet. This was accompanied by a disturbing theory that 25% of the world’s population would at some point in their lives, be affected by mental illness [These results were gathered using WMH-CIDI criteria used by trained lay investigators] .

As humans in a modern society we often go to great lengths to (at least in theory) take care of ourselves. So we have, in most parts of the world, a well developed (or at least developing) health care system and the treatment of physical ailments, diseases, and injury. All of which is continuously monitored and reported, all $6.5 trillion of it. Why add this tid-bit of info? Let’s do a bit of a comparison shall we?

When it comes to mental health care…

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