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Let’s get something clear. Mental health is not mental illness. It is not crazy, or insane or psycho or schizo or any other word people use. If you bought this magazine, you know that already. If it was given to you — or you picked it up by mistake — keep reading. Better Mental Health Magazine aims to cover a range of topics relevant to mental health; mental illness is only one small aspect of that.

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Using the words of Martin Gore, ‘everything counts in large amounts’. The large numbers around mental illness mean that it should count. Right now, one in four people have a diagnosed mental illness. That’s 25% of the population, wherever you are in the world. Fifty percent, that’s every other person, will experience a mental health issue at some time in their life. Approximately 1% of people will have a schizophrenic episode in their lifetime. That may seem small, but that’s one person in every one hundred, or over three million people in the United States alone. More than five million people in the US and nearly one million in the UK have dementia.

The National Alliance of Mental Illness defines mental illness as ‘a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning’. This last part is particularly important. A mental illness may relate to feelings, such as being happy or sad, but it is significant enough to impact our ability to function normally. Many people with a mental illness still function but many may, and often do, find it more difficult than most. You may know people with a mental illness and not even be aware.

Serious mental illnesses include conditions such as bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia. Some people experience more than one serious mental illness.


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