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Mental health – The Facts

May 2012

An infographic from our May 2012 issue’s special report on mental illness

Front cover of New Internationalist magazine, issue 452 This feature was published in the May 2012 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

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  1. #1 Dr John 27 May 12

    Statistics need to be supported by words.
    Let's pick out the one that states that British prisoners are 15 times more likely to commit suicide than those not in prison.
    Ideally, there should be no suicides in prison, as staff should be well aware of those likely to kill themselves, and are able to place these people in a safe environment.
    The suicides are in many cases ’out of the blue’, whereby the prisoner's behaviour gives staff no cause for concern until they commit suicide totally unexpectedly.
    These suicides are oftern brought about by akathisia, an agitated state of mind introduced by various types of mind-bending medication, predominantly antidepressants.
    Reduce the number of prescriptions, and you reduce the number of suicides.

  2. #2 NovaC3 03 Sep 13

    When I attended a conference on the recent developments on cosmetic surgery, there was one session where a panel of doctors tackled the current state of mental illness in the world. As the world progresses, more and more people become isolated even if there is connectivity thru the world wide web or internet. More and more people become alone, even though they could connect with their friends thru their online social media profiles. The absence of physical contact and presence makes it very difficult for them to transcend from their loneliness.

  3. #3 Akinremi Thompson 07 Jun 14

    Need To Know...Thinker !

  4. #4 Bill 13 Aug 14

    A few more words: Presumably the numbers for ’mental health problems’ are derived from the DSM which is more of a tool to make sure everyone is diagnosed than a realistic diagnostic aid.
    Also the homicide figures could be rephrased. Since being ’diagnosed with a mental health condition’ always means given psychotropic medication, we could say that 5% of murders are committed by people who have been given psychotropic medication. This would allow some analysis of the medications that are implicated in violent acts by their consumers rather than blaming the mentally ill.
    Last point is that the graphic does not show variation over time in these values. I think this is important information.

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