Mental health is an important part of your physical health and personal well-being. The Mental Health First Aid International Manual is most relevant to people living in developed countries, which have established mental health care systems equivalent in standard to those in Australia and where the culture could be described as Western.
A survey conducted by Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2008 regarding adults with manageable to severe neurosis reveals almost half of the population had a mental disorder at some point of their life and one in five people had sustaining disorder preceding 12 months.
These limitations notwithstanding – they would also imply that the overall rate of mental illnesses is likely to be higher than what we have reported – the study has used the latest advancements in epidemiological survey methods and has generated a wealth of information for policymakers and care providers.
According to the World Health Organization in 2004, depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States for individuals ages 15 to 44. 93 Absence from work in the U.S. due to depression is estimated to be in excess of $31 billion per year.
In those asylums, traditional treatments were well implemented: drugs were not used as a cure for a disease, but a way to reset equilibrium in a person’s body, along with other essential elements such as healthy diets, fresh air, middle class culture, and the visits by their neighboring residents.