WHO- 1 out of 8 people live with a mental disorder worldwide

WHO- 1 out of 8 people live with a mental disorder worldwide

A report issued by World Health Organization on Friday that about one in eight people in the world faces a mental disorder. Urgent action must be taken on transforming mental healthcare.

The number of people who live with a mental disorder before the pandemic COVID-19 was around a billion including 14 percent of adolescents. But after COVID-19 this number has increased in the last two years.

The rate of the already common conditions such as depression and anxiety went up by more than 25% in the first year of the pandemic.

It was revealed in a WHO report that on average; most countries dedicate less than 2 percent of budgets to mental health. As a result, only a limited number of people get access to affordable and effective quality mental health care.

It was also included in the report that human rights violations must be ended against the people who live with mental health issues.

It is noted that there may be 20 suicide attempts to every one death worldwide and still suicide accounts for more than one in every 100 deaths. Suicide is a major cause of death among young people.

Mental disorders are the leading cause of Years Lived with Disability (YLDs).