Less than half of the 139 countries that have mental health policies and plans report having these aligned with human rights conventions.
Rates of mental health workers vary from below 2 per 100 000 population in low-income countries to over 70 per 100 000 in high-income countries.
People with severe trauma and mental health issues die 10 to 20 years earlier than the general population
Around 1 in 9 people in settings affected by conflict have a moderate or severe trauma and mental health issues.
Almost 800,000 people globally die by suicide each year, 1 person dies every 40 seconds. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in individuals aged 15-29 years. In Australia suicide is the cause of over 3000 deaths each year and is the leading cause of death in people aged 15-44 years.
About half of trauma and mental health issues begin before the age of 14.
Depression is one of the leading causes of disability, affecting 264 million people.
Around 1 in 5 of the world’s children and adolescents have a trauma and mental health issues.
Mental, neurological and substance use disorders make up 10% of the global burden of disease and 30% of non-fatal disease burden.
Fay spoke as keynote speaker at the Australian Day Hospital Association Conference. Fay will be speaking about mental health and…