Why is Mind Health important?
An individual's Mind Health ties into their emotional, psychological, social and even physical well-being. Our Mind Health can impact how we feel, think, and act. It helps us build relationships with others, deal with life's stresses, and make healthy choices. Physical and Mind Health are particularly closely linked. For example, several Mind Health issues, such as anxiety and depression, are linked to an increased risk for health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
“We each have one mind, are all part of one Humaniti, while we all share the same DNA.”
- Paula Connor, Author, Mind Your Mind Series
The COVID-19 pandemic triggers a 25% increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide.
- 970 million people worldwide have a Mind Health (or substance abuse disorder). (Our World in Data, 2018)
- Anxiety is the most common Mind Health illness worldwide, affecting 284 million people. (Our World in Data, 2018)
- The mortality rate of those with Mind Health disorders is significantly higher than the general population, with a median life expectancy loss of 10.1 years. (J.A.M.A. Psychiatry, 2015)
Various factors can affect Mind Health. Trauma, loneliness, grief, stress, and physical illness can contribute to poor mental well-being. Moreover, several social factors can influence Mind Health. These include:
- Discrimination and stigma
- Poverty, debt, and social disadvantage
- Homelessness and poor housing
- Adverse life experiences
- Poor education
- Food insecurity
- Water insecurity
These issues and other lifestyle factors can influence the Mind Health of individuals and societies. But unfortunately, as we'll see, recent events have highlighted a growing inequity in the onset and outcomes of Mind Health worldwide.
Brain injury and trauma have primarily been identified as physical issues, often labelled as "concussion" or a "physical head trauma."
P.T.S.D. or E.R.S.I. (Event Related Stress Injury) can also be caused by a non-physical stress event and can result in increased stress levels, anxiety and even depression.
As we reflect on 2020/2021/2022, the majority of people on the planet have been impacted by a significant increase in stress, and as a result, The Butterfly Cares brain project is our number one focus.
The Butterfly Cares® is raising funds for Humaniti International, a U.N.H.C.R. agency to bring hope and raise awareness for people worldwide for better Mind Health.