Neither this piece nor the Lancet study offers any explanation as to why so many people everywhere are cracking up—surely a result of all the toxins that we eat and drink and breathe, the radiation we absorb, and other, subtler aspects of post-modern life. Those of us who (a) have not gone mad, and (b) do not refuse to face what's happened to the world must all unite, and dedicate ourselves to changing it. MCM
© Nikolay Doychinov, AFP | File photo of a painting on a wall in the dining room of a psychiatric hospital in Kurilo, near Sofia, Bulgaria.Text by NEWS WIRES
Latest update : 2018-10-10
Mental health disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and could cost the global economy up to $16 trillion between 2010 and 2030 if a collective failure to respond is not addressed, according to an expert report on Tuesday.
The “Lancet Commission” report by 28 global specialists in psychiatry, public health and neuroscience, as well as mental health patients and advocacy groups, said the growing crisis could cause lasting harm to people, communities and economies worldwide.
While some of the costs will be the direct costs of healthcare and medicines or other therapies, most are indirect – in the form of loss of productivity, and spending on social welfare, education and law and order, the report’s co-lead author Vikram Patel said.
The wide-ranging report did not give the breakdown of the potential $16 trillion economic impact it estimated by 2030.