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Is the mental health problem real?

Mental and substance use disorders are a widespread issue, affecting around 1-in-7 people, or 15% of the population, with an estimated 1.1 billion affected globally in 2019. These conditions not only impact individual health but also have profound social and economic repercussions. Furthermore, mental disorders are linked to a significant mortality rate, contributing to approximately 8 million deaths each year, or 14.3% of global deaths, underscoring the critical need for comprehensive healthcare strategies and support systems.

What would be the future of health and wellness?

In a landmark decision in September 2015, mental health was recognized as a crucial component of global development by being included in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This inclusion highlighted the significant burden mental illnesses pose and established mental health as a key priority for international development efforts over the following 15 years, marking a pivotal shift in the global approach to health and well-being.



Therapy is a versatile and effective tool for addressing a wide range of issues, from everyday stress and relationship challenges to specific phobias and unhealthy behaviors. It's not just about solving problems; therapy can also play a proactive role in preparing for major life events like starting a business, competing in an event, or welcoming a new family member. However, despite its benefits, many individuals, including 40% of men, hesitate to discuss their mental health due to concerns about appearing vulnerable or weak. This stigma around mental health discussions can lead to silence and suffering, exacerbated by fears of judgment and discrimination. Additionally, the limited insurance coverage for mental health services further complicates access to necessary care, underscoring the need for broader acceptance and support for mental health issues.

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