Authors: Lauren Pulling, Editor
One in four people worldwide will experience a mental health disorder at some point in their lives, and mental health problems constitute the largest single source of world economic burden, with an estimated global cost of US $2.5 trillion. October 10 is World Mental Health Day, an important date to reflect on the importance of mental health, raise awareness, help reduce stigma and provide support to those around us and across the globe.
Recognized by organizations across the world, including the WHO, the theme this year has been set by the World Federation for Mental Health: mental health in the workplace. This is something that employers are increasingly placing importance on, with Neuro Central HQ being no exception. At Future Science Group – our parent publisher – we recently enjoyed our first Wellbeing Week, with events including stress resilience and mindfulness training, a nutrition masterclass, morning yoga, post-work bootcamp in the park and, of course, the all-important office party!
While the week was fun, it also brought us together as colleagues and drove home the importance of having the support, resources and open conversation needed to look after our mental health, whether that’s in the workplace or at home. A further look at the statistics emphasizes how important conversation about mental health is across every part of society: 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year; depression may affect one in five older people; socioeconomically-disadvantaged children are 2–3-times more likely to develop a mental health disorder – the list goes on.
So let’s use World Mental Health Day as a reminder to clue ourselves up, have a chat with a friend and support our colleagues. Why not take a look at our infographic on mental health prevalence? Or catch up on the latest research across mental health and neuropsychiatry – for example, read about a recent study that uncovered a shared genetic variant in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – and join the conversation on Twitter by following the #WorldMentalHealthDay hashtag. You can also find my picks of our recent interviews and opinion pieces from KOLs across the field below.
- Challenges in mental health: biomarkers and personalized medicine (Part 1)
- NCTalks at AAIC 2017: Megan Zuelsdorff on lifetime stress, racial disparities and cognitive health
- Daniel Blumberger on rTMS: successes, hurdles and what the future may hold
- Stem cell-derived neurons in the development of targeted treatment for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
- Maternal stress and offspring mental health: interview with Veronika Kiryanova
- Mental health – where are we now?
My very best wishes,
Editor, Neuro Central