One in four people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Over 800,000 people die annually from suicide and it is among the top three leading causes of death in young people aged 15‐34 years worldwide. In some countries people with severe mental health conditions die on average 10 years younger than the general population. Almost half of the world's population lives in a country where, on average, there is less than one psychiatrist to serve 200,000 people. Mental health care providers trained to deliver evidence-based psychosocial interventions, such as psychologists, are even scarcer.
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Natalie C. Dattilo, Ph.D., HSPP
IPA Public Education Coordinator
"PsychBytes” is a weekly educational resource from the Indiana Psychological Association (IPA) provided for psychologists, their colleagues and their patients.