Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. October 2022.  “Mental health, neurological and substance use disorders” are a significant cause of disability globally. In the Americas these conditions account for about 20% of the total disability burden.

They are surpassed only by non-communicable chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, which account for about 60% of the total disability burden in the Americas[1].

Among the top twenty countries in the Americas are several Caribbean countries that experience the highest mental health burden. The rising prevalence of mental health conditions in the Caribbean Region is a serious public health concern1,[2] .

“Making mental health and well-being a priority requires commitment, involvement, and investment by all of society.  

It requires promoting public health measures that reduce the risk of mental health illness, including social inclusion policies and interventions targeting vulnerable populations,” said Dr. Joy St. John, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). 

In the Americas, 1 in 4 people experience mental health; depression continues to be the leading mental health disorder. It is twice as frequent in women as in men[3].

Mental and neurological disorders in the elderly, such as Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias, and depression, contribute to the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These disorders can also contribute to unintentional and intentional injury.

Read more here: https://www.carpha.org/More/Media/Articles/ArticleID/661/Mental-Health-Well-Being-for-All-a-Global-Priority