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970 million people in the world struggle with mental health issues?
Mental health is a vital aspect of overall well-being, but it is still a widely misunderstood topic. Here are five facts about mental health in general and in Singapore that can help increase awareness and understanding of this important issue.
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Fact #1: Mental health disorders affect over one billion people worldwide
Mental health disorders are a significant global health issue, with an estimated 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health condition at some point in their lives. According to the World Health Organization, over one billion people worldwide are affected by mental health disorders.
Source: World Health Organization. (2021). Mental health. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/mental-health
Fact #2: Mental illness is a significant public health issue in Singapore.
In Singapore, mental illness is a significant public health issue, with an estimated one in seven people experiencing a mental health condition in their lifetime.
According to the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore, the most common mental health conditions in Singapore are depression, anxiety disorders, and alcohol-related disorders.
Did you know that in Singapore, 2 in 5 people experience mental health struggles, and this statistic increases to 1 in 2 in youths?
Source: Institute of Mental Health, Singapore. (2018). Mental health in Singapore. https://www.imh.com.sg/wellness/page.aspx?id=292
Fact #3: Stigma and discrimination can make it harder for people with mental illness to access treatment and support.
Despite the high prevalence of mental health disorders, many people with mental illness still face stigma and discrimination. This can make it harder for them to access treatment and support, leading to poorer outcomes and a lower quality of life.
The National Institute of Mental Health reports that stigma and discrimination are major barriers to mental health care in the United States.
In Singapore, the issue remains.
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Source: National Institute of Mental Health. (2021). Mental health information. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/index.shtml
Fact #4: Exercise has a positive impact on mental health.
Exercise is not only good for physical health but also for mental health.
Research has shown that exercise can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and improve overall well-being. Exercise can also help to reduce stress, boost self-esteem, and promote better sleep, all of which can have a positive impact on mental health.
A Harvard Medical School study found that regular exercise can help treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as medication.
Source: Harvard Health Publishing. (2018). Exercise is an all-natural treatment to fight depression. https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/exercise-is-an-all-natural-treatment-to-fight-depression
Fact #5: Online therapy is an effective tool for your mental health and well-being.
Research has found that online therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy, and may even have some advantages, such as increased convenience and accessibility.
A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that online therapy was as effective as in-person therapy in treating depression and anxiety, and that patients who received online therapy reported high levels of satisfaction with the treatment.
Additionally, a review published in the Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science found that online therapy was effective in treating a range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Overall, online therapy offers a flexible and convenient way to access mental health treatment that can be just as effective as traditional in-person therapy.
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Source: Richardson, L. K., Frueh, B. C., & Acierno, R. (2010). Prevalence estimates of combat-related PTSD: a critical review. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44(1), 4-19. https://doi.org/10.3109/00048670903393597
Mental health is a vital aspect of overall well-being, and it is essential to increase awareness and understanding of this important issue.
By understanding the facts and taking steps to promote mental wellness, we can improve our own mental health and support others who may be struggling.
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