| 29 May 2022, Sunday |

Mental disease will affect quarter of world’s population at some point

A quarter of the world’s population will develop a mental illness at some point in their lives. Mental illnesses cause a large number of deaths and disabilities, and represent 8.8% and 16.6% of the total disease burden from health conditions in low- and middle-income countries, according to data published by the World Health Organization.

Respectively, depression is the second most important cause of disease burden in middle-income countries. The number of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety increased from 416 million to 615 million between 1990 and 2013, a nearly 50% increase.

– About 10% of the world’s population is affected by mental disorders, which represent 30% of the global burden of non-fatal diseases.
– About 20% of children and adolescents in the world have mental disorders or problems.
– About half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14.

Neuropsychiatric disorders are among the leading causes of disability in young people worldwide. Mental and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide.

– About nine hundred thousand people commit suicide every year.
– 86% of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries.
– More than half of people who kill themselves are between the ages of 15 and 44.
– The highest suicide rates were recorded among men of Eastern European countries.

And since we are from the third world countries, our fate is mental illness.


  • Sawt Beirut International