Today is World Mental Health Day.
One in five Australians are affected by mental illness annually, yet many don’t seek help because of stigma.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, prioritising mental health and wellbeing has been more important than ever.
This World Mental Health Day – October 10 – the message is simple: “Look after your mental health, Australia.”
Close to one billion people worldwide have a mental disorder with depression one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents and adults.
The economic cost
The lost productivity resulting from depression and anxiety, two of the most common mental disorders, costs the global economy AU$ 1.4 trillion each year.
The investment deficit
On average, countries spend less than 2 per cent of their national health budgets on mental health.
Despite an increase of development assistance for mental health in recent years, it has never exceeded 1 per cent of development assistance for health.
That’s why investment is so important – now more than ever.
Breakthrough Advisory Council member and SAHMRI Executive Director Professor Steve Wesselingh says more needs to be done in the mental health space.
“We need to do so much more but we can’t do it in isolation.” Professor Wesselingh says.
“A lot of effort and support will lead to these breakthroughs and build capacity in the mental health arena so we’re providing the answers of why.”
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