Stress serves a protective function in our evolutionary history by mediating the ‘flight or fight’ response to protect us from danger. Being stressed heightens our awareness and focus and prepares the body to respond to a threat. What humans have not evolved very well to cope with is persistent stress. When we are exposed to even low level stress on a day-to-day basis, problems can arise.

Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression.

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide

There has been a significant increase in suicide in the UK, the first time since 2013 – this appears to be driven by an increase in the male suicide rate.

In the UK, suicide rates among young people have been increasing in recent years. The suicide rate for young females is now at its highest rate on record.

Around 1-in-7 people globally (11-18 percent) have one or more mental or substance use disorders.

It’s estimated that around one billion people globally have a mental or substance use disorder.

Mental health issues across the globe are increasing not decreasing.

Ukraine had the second highest overall rate of mental illness at 21%. Its 6.4% rate of substance abuse, including alcoholism, was the world’s highest and the only measure to exceed U.S. mental illness figures, according to the study, published in today’s issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

India, China and the U.S. are also the countries most affected by anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to WHO.

According to the 2019 Happiness Report, Finland is the happiest country in the world, with Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, Iceland, and the Netherlands holding the next top positions.

More than 43 million Americans struggle with mental illness

Youth depression rates have risen from 5.9% to 8.2% since 2012. Depression symptoms can impact performance in school and interfere with personal relationships

Common signs of mental health issues include: extreme mood swings, changes in eating habits, excessive worrying or fear, problems concentrating, and avoiding friends or social activities.

1/2 of all mental illnesses show early signs before a person turns 14 years old, and 3/4 of mental illnesses begin before age 24

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