Coddiewomple Fund and the Coddiewomple Company are built on the belief that access to mental health therapy is a fundamental human right.
Mental health issues are the leading cause of disability, surpassing Musculoskeletal Disorders. This is an issue that is not only affecting Americans but also among people worldwide. In 2016, an estimated 1 in 5 people worldwide suffered from a mental health condition. The most common disorders include anxiety and depression which affect about two-thirds of all adults with mental illnesses at some point in their lives. With these statistics, it’s more than obvious that access to affordable mental health care is a life-changing privilege.
Mental health conditions can include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and ADHD. In addition, mental health issues can also include a range of symptoms such as the inability to form relationships, distorted thought processes, and hallucinations. Unfortunately, despite the fact that mental health conditions are extremely common, they often go untreated. This is because mental health conditions are often viewed as a personal responsibility, and people do not feel comfortable talking about them or seeking help. This is a problem because untreated mental health conditions can lead to increased rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Inequality in health is a global issue that affects many countries throughout the world. The best way to measure this inequality is through life expectancy. “Life expectancy” is calculated by taking the average age at which people die in a given population, subtracting it from the current median age of the population, and dividing by 100.
In contrast to many other forms of physical illness or disability (such as cancer), there is no cure for most psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder; it’s simply a matter of managing symptoms through therapy and support network services until they resolve naturally over time without any intervention required whatsoever.”
We are committed to the work that we do to tackle the issues around access to mental health therapy.
- Talking openly and honestly with them about their mental health. This can be a difficult conversation, but it’s important to start by just asking them how they’re feeling and what stresses them out. If you’re worried about being open, talk to someone who has experience talking about mental health—a friend or family member might be able to give some tips for how best to approach this topic in the future.