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Global Mental Health and Why it Matters

Updated: Jan 16, 2022

My aim is to reduce the population burden of mental disorders through research, teaching, training, and advocacy.

I am passionate about using science to overcome provide evidence for preventative measure and highlight the effectiveness of early interventions to reduce the risk of longterm mental health disorders, globally.

Global burden of disease 2020 (WHO 2020)

  • The global economy loses about US$ 1 trillion per year in productivity due to depression and anxiety.

  • Mental, neurological and substance use disorders make up 10% of the global burden of disease and 30% of non-fatal disease burden.

  • Around 1 in 5 of the world's children and adolescents have a mental disorder.

  • Depression is one of the leading causes of disability, affecting 264 million people.

  • About half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14.

  • Almost 800 000 people die by suicide every year; 1 person dies from suicide every 40 seconds. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in individuals aged 15-29 years.

Current research focus:

Global studies on emerging adults mental health during COVID-19.

Perinatal mental health during COVID-19, a multi-national study.

Evidence-based cost effective web-based psychosocial intervention to reduce perinatal mental health problems.

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