Mental Health and Substance Abuse - Facts and Figures

  • About 450 million people suffer from mental or behavioral disorder
  • 33% of the years lived with disability are due to neuropsychiatric disorders
  • Four of the six leading causes of years lived with disability are due to neuropsychiatric disorders (depression, alcohol-use disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder)
  • Nearly 1 million people commit suicide every year
  • About 25 million suffer from schizophrenia
  • 50 million suffer from epilepsy. About 40 million or 80% are assumed to live in developing countries
  • More than 90 million suffer from an alcohol or drug-use disorder
  • One in four families has at least one member with a mental disorder

Dr Nazneen Anwar
Regional Adviser, Mental Health
WHO Regional Office for South- East Asia
New Delhi 110002, India
Phone: 91-11-23370804 (Ext. 26572)
Email: anwarna@who.int