Addiction

Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Around the World: No End in Sight


Mental health and substance abuse disorders affect people of all countries


The world has long been a frightening, sad place for many of its citizens and it appears that things aren’t getting any better as we struggle through the first quarter of the twenty-first century. If this seems like old news, the depth of the current state of mental illness and substance abuse around the world may surprise you.


According to statistics released recently by Our World in Data, 1.1 billion people, or more than 15 percent of the world’s population, have some type of mental health or substance abuse disorder. No nation is immune.

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Addiction

Mental health issues are on the rise worldwide

Mental and Substance Use Disorders as a Share of Total Disease Burden from 1990 to 2016

Many recent studies have indicated that mental health issues are on the rise worldwide. Anxiety and depression are markedly higher in all age groups, particularly among high school and college students.


Anxiety and depression are markedly higher in all age groups, particularly among high school and college students
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