• Depression: leading cause of ill health and disability

    In March 2017 the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. Sometimes it can feel like your battling depression alone, but here are some facts from the report that indicate that’s clearly not the case:

    - 300 million people are now living with depression

    - This is an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015

    Investment in provision for mental health treatments are falling short – way short – of what’s needed. WHO report that nearly 50% of people with depression are not receiving any treatment and on average just 3% of government health budgets are being invested in mental health. Not only does this lead to unjustifiable suffering, it’s incredibly short-sighted – the report states that every $1 invested in scaling up treatment for depression and anxiety leads to a return of $4 in better health and ability to work. It’s vital we continue to raise awareness of the consequences of insufficient investment and in the meantime, do our best to look after ourselves and each other.


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