Thailand fears growing population with mental health problems

By VNA   June 11, 2024 | 03:32 pm PT
Mental health problems in Thailand are on the rise while the number of people seeking treatment rose to 2.9 million in 2023 from 1.3 million in 2015, according to the country's National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC).

As reported by Thai PBS World, based on data from the Mental Health Department collected between Oct. 1, 2023 and April 22 this year, the NESDC notes a concerning trend. Approximately 15.48% of Thailand’s population reported experiencing stress, 17.20% signs of depression, and 10.63% were at risk of suicidal ideation. These figures indicate a deteriorating situation over recent years.

Socio-economic pressures are said to contribute to depressive and anxiety disorders among Thai people. In the 2023 fiscal year, the proportion of people with such disorders was notably high, exceeding the number of those with mental illnesses caused by drug abuse. The suicide rate in the same year, 7.94 per 100,000 population, approached levels last seen during the Tom Yum Kung financial crisis when it reached 8.59 per 100,000 population.

Environmental factors also play a significant role in the matter, as Thailand is facing issues such as PM2.5 air pollution, which ranks among the highest globally.

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