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Mental illness is a highly prevalent, life-threatening disease that affects one in four people worldwide, spanning all ethnic groups, religions and economic brackets. More common than cancer, diabetes or heart disease, mental illness is a disease that:
There are inadequate resources available for combating mental illness, despite its huge impact on human productivity and life. Mental illness accounts for over 20% of all health care costs globally, but the median amount countries spend on mental health is less than 3% of the median they spend for all health care. Many countries have no dedicated mental health care budget at all.
The good news: there is hope for people living with mental illness.
The emergence of community-based Clubhouses in many countries around the world is demonstrating that people with mental illness can successfully participate in society through education, employment and other social activities. Accredited Clubhouses offer people who have mental illness hope and opportunities to achieve their full potential.
Sources: World Health Organization and Darkness Invisible: The Hidden Global Costs of Mental Illness, by Thomas R. Insel, Pamela Y. Collins and Steven E. Hyman, Foreign Affairs, Jan/Feb 2015 Issue.