Today marked the observation of World Mental Health Day 2022. Whilst the pandemic has, and continues to, take its toll on our mental health, today brings us the chance to reconnect and provides us with an opportunity to improve our efforts to protect our mental health.
This year’s theme is Making Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority. Today is an opportunity for those with mental health conditions, advocates, governments, employers, employees, and other stakeholders to come together to recognize progress in this field and to be vocal about what we need to do to ensure Mental Health & Well-Being becomes a Global Priority for all.
There have been many challenging aspects for mental health; before the pandemic in 2019 an estimated one in eight people globally were living with a mental disorder. This came at a time when services and funding available for mental health remain in short supply, and fall far below what is needed, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
A global storm for mental health was created by the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving behind millions with no support. Estimates put the large rise in both anxiety and depressive disorders at more than 25% during the first year of the pandemic. At the same time, mental health services have been severely disrupted and the treatment gap for mental health conditions, including eating disorders, has widened.
At Ellern Mede we play our part by continuing to deepen the value and commitment we give to individuals and families in need of the right care. By working together with patients, carers and all stakeholders we continue to successfully treat those who have a lengthy battle with eating disorders, whilst striving to making our services even more accessible to all.