Mental health is an important part of human well-being that transcends borders, cultures and socio-economic statuses. It is an integral part of a person’s overall health and quality of life, and it affects their emotional, psychological and social well-being. In recent years, the importance of considering mental health has been increasingly recognized around the world. This article examines mental health and well-being from a global perspective, looking at the challenges, progress and strategies used to promote mental health around the world.
The global burden of mental illness
Mental disorders affect people of all ages, genders and backgrounds. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health problems are the leading causes of disability worldwide. It is estimated that one in four people will experience mental health problems at some point in their lives. The global burden of mental health disorders is significant, affecting individuals, families and communities.