|Adolescent boys in talk therapy group near Kampala, Uganda. Credit: StrongMinds|
- Depression alone accounts for 4.3% of the burden of disease – with more than 350 million people all ages suffering from it – and is among the largest single causes of disability worldwide, particularly for women.
- To describe the current accessibility of mental health services in Africa as deficient would be a gross understatement. Almost half of the world’s population lives in countries where there is only one psychiatrist to 200,000 or more people, according to the WHO. Ninety percent of African countries have less than one psychiatrist per 100,000 people.
- Around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have mental health problems.
- About 800,000 people commit suicide every year.
- Wars and disasters have a huge impact on mental health
- Mental disorders increase the risk of getting ill from other diseases such as HIV, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and vice versa.
- In Africa, human rights violations of people with mental and psychosocial disability are common.