World Mental Health Day 2013

Sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Federation of Mental Health, World Mental Health Day is designated to raise awareness of mental health issues around the globe. The 2013 Theme is “Mental Health and Older Adults”.

Mental health in people aged 60 and over is a growing challenge. By 2100, the number of older people worldwide is expected to triple. More than 20 percent of adults aged 60 and over have a mental or neurological disorder, depression and dementia being the most common. Anxiety disorders affect nearly four percent of the elderly population; around a quarter of deaths from self-harm are among people in this age group. Neuropsychiatric disorders among older adults now account for nearly seven percent of the total disability for this age group. (Source: WHO)

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation regularly funds innovative mental health research ideas particular to “late life” issues. Please read just a few examples here:

  • Dilip V. Jeste, M.D., a leading authority on mental health issues specific to the aging population writes about the importance of mental health
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