One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological problems at some point in their lives. A third of these will experience two or more conditions. For half of these people the problem will last longer than a year. Mental health problems affecting adults include a wide range of functional and cognitive disorders. Functional disorders range from negative feelings associated with isolation or bereavement, to diagnosed mental health illnesses such as depression, anxiety or more serious illnesses such as schizophrenia. Cognitive disorders mainly include delirium, and dementia.
It is estimated that 17% of Hounslow’s adult population may have some form of common mental health problem. Nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental problem never seek help from a health professional. Stigma, discrimination and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental problems, says the World Health Organization (WHO). Where there is neglect, there is little or no understanding. Where there is no understanding, there is neglect. (Source: World Health Organisation)