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Mental Health Facts

By: , Posted on: August 5, 2015

encyclopedia of mental healthWe are excited to announce the Second Edition of Encyclopedia of Mental Health will be publishing September 2015!

This new edition tackles, arguably one of the biggest issues facing modern society, the subject of mental health. It presents a comprehensive overview of the many genetic, neurological, social, and psychological factors that affect mental health, also describing the impact of mental health on the individual and society, and illustrating the factors that aid positive mental health.

The book contains contains more than 240 articles written by domain experts in the field and provides essential material on assessment, theories of personality, specific disorders, therapies, forensic issues, ethics, and cross-cultural and sociological aspects. Both professionals and libraries will find this timely work indispensable.

Below are a few facts about mental health:

1) Mental health problems are more common than previously thought, 1 out of 4 individuals will suffer from a mental health problem within a year

2) Schizophrenia affects 1 to 3 people in every 100

3) Mental illnesses are more prevalent than cancer, heart disease and diabetes

4) Research suggests that early intervention with the correct care and treatment decreases symptoms, relapse rates and improves overall wellbeing

5) Mental illnesses disrupt day-to-day life, impacting emotions, thought processes, moods and functioning

6) Almost 3 out of 4 children and adolescents are concerned about the reactions and stigmatism when discussing their mental health issues

7) Around 43% of individuals associated with homelessness schemes in the UK experience mental health problems

8) 72% of male prisoners and 70% of female prisoners experience two or more mental illnesses in comparison to the general population of 5% and 2% respectively

9) More than 800,000 people commit suicide each year

10) In the US each year, around 8 million people suffering from mental health problems don’t receive adequate support


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