For a healthier mind For a healthier mind

For a healthier mind

Prevention 11 October, 2016 Isabel Vallejo


For many people, talking about mental health problems continues to be taboo or a disease that society does not want to acknowledge.

Close to 10% of the world, however, currently suffers from two of the most common mental health conditions: depression and anxiety. These two disorders alone have increased by almost 50% in the last 25 years.

Acknowledging these problems and knowing how to identify them on time and treat them property is becoming increasingly necessary. World Mental Health Day, recognized on October 10, is held in order to promote this issue.

The purpose of this day is to change the way we view these diseases and to understand that these disorders can affect us at any given time. It also promotes the understanding that with the support of all, it is much easier to heal and have a better quality of life.

In a recent study led by the World Health Organization (WHO) that for the first time assessed both the health and financial benefits of investing in treating these diseases, it was concluded that each dollar invested in treating depression and anxiety is the equivalent of four dollars in improved health and in one’s ability to work better.

“We know that treating depression and anxiety makes sense from a healthcare and wellbeing standpoint, but this new study also confirms this from an economic perspective,” explains Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO.

With support from society and from governments that are increasingly committed to investing in reducing and preventing these diseases, detecting these diseases early on and addressing them individually is worth it.