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 Suicide

Suicide

Key facts Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. For every suicide there are many more people who attempt suicide every year. A prior suicide attempt is the single most important risk factor for suicide in…

 Mental health: strengthening our response

Mental health: strengthening our response

Key facts Mental health is more than the absence of mental disorders. Mental health is an integral part of health; indeed, there is no health without mental health. Mental health is determined by a range of socioeconomic, biological and environmental…

 Mental health in emergencies

Mental health in emergencies

Key facts Almost all people affected by emergencies will experience psychological distress, which for most people will improve over time. Among people who have experienced war or other conflict in the previous 10 years, one in 11 (9%) will have…

 Mental health of older adults

Mental health of older adults

Key facts Globally, the population is ageing rapidly. Between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will nearly double, from 12% to 22%. Mental health and well-being are as important in older age as at…

 Dementia

Dementia

Key facts Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities. Although dementia mainly affects older people, it is not a normal part of ageing. Worldwide, around 50 million…

 Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Key facts One in 160 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)(1). ASDs begin in childhood and tend to persist into adolescence and adulthood. While some people with ASD can live independently, others have severe disabilities and require life-long care…

 Depression

Depression

Key facts Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression. Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.…

 Mental Disorders

Mental Disorders

Key facts There are many different mental disorders, with different presentations. They are generally characterized by a combination of abnormal thoughts, perceptions, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others. Mental disorders include: depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other psychoses, dementia, and…

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