Study shows link to mental health and disability

Study shows link to mental health and disability

New research into the global impact of disease has found mental illness and substance abuse are two of the biggest contributors to disability in Australia.

The study, led by University of Queensland Professor Harvey Whiteford, has shown mental illness drugs and alcohol are responsible for more of the global health burden than diabetes or stroke.

The study has found depression account for 40 per cent of diability worldwide.

In Australia, mental health and substance abuse are second only to musculoskeletal diseases, as the leading cause of disability.

The largest proportion of mental health and substance use disorders, were in people aged 10-29.

Researchers say nearly a quarter of the health-related disability in Australia, comes from mental health disorders and substance abuse.

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