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Mental health crisis could cost the world $16 trillion by 2030

By Kate Kelland

 

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Patients rest during a morning break at the playground, inside a hospital specializing in mental health care in Zhejiang province, November 5, 2013. REUTERS/William Hong/Files

 

LONDON (Reuters) - 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.

 

"The situation is extremely bleak," Patel, a professor at Harvard Medical School in the United States, told reporters.

 

He said the burden of mental illness had risen "dramatically" worldwide in the past 25 years, partly due to societies ageing and more children surviving into adolescence, yet "no country is investing enough" to tackle the problem.

 

"No other health condition in humankind has been neglected as much as mental health has," Patel said.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that around 300 million people worldwide have depression and 50 million have dementia. Schizophrenia is estimated to affect 23 million people, and bipolar disorder around 60 million.

 

The Lancet report found that in many countries, people with common mental disorders such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia routinely suffer gross human rights violations – including shackling, torture and imprisonment.

 

Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the medical journal the Lancet, which commissioned the report, said it highlighted the "shameful and shocking treatment of people with mental ill health around the world".

 

It called for a human rights-based approach to ensure that people with mental health conditions are not denied fundamental human rights, including access to employment, education and other core life experiences.

 

It also recommended a wholesale shift to community-based care for mental health patients, with psychosocial treatments such as talking therapies being offered not just by medical professionals but also by community health workers, peers, teachers and the clergy.

 

The report was published ahead of a first global ministerial mental health summit in London this week.

 

(Reporting by Kate Kelland; Editing by Alison Williams)

 
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How many are misdiagnosed with mental diseases?

There's a tendency in modern societies to treat only the average as "normal", with the expectable result that more and more misfits are treated as "sick" - and there are also inter-cultural biases. 

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...or they could stop using overpriced big pharma 'medicines' that don't treat or cure...just mask & suppress..

 

...besides having countless unfavorable side-effects....

 

...and stop outlawing natural remedies and treatments...

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3 hours ago, malibukid said:

and funding continues to be cut for mental health in the U.S. by the Trump administration.  nothing to laugh about. 

And they haven't even counted the money needed to treat all the man-child supporters with TDS!

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Why does every thread, no matter the subject, have to bring in Trump?  The report must be correct except it has not included all the people who have gone completely bonkers over Trump's election.

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3 minutes ago, Trouble said:

Why does every thread, no matter the subject, have to bring in Trump?  The report must be correct except it has not included all the people who have gone completely bonkers over Trump's election.

Yes, its quite often " In America................Donald Trump blah blah blah "

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3 hours ago, SOTIRIOS said:

...or they could stop using overpriced big pharma 'medicines' that don't treat or cure...just mask & suppress..

 

...besides having countless unfavorable side-effects....

 

...and stop outlawing natural remedies and treatments...

Just out of curiosity which "natural remedies" have been "outlawed" - pot? 

If that's the case then WORD! 

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2 minutes ago, ncc1701d said:

surprised it's not already 16 trillion. everyone's mentally ill these days. except all of us here on TV. ofcourse. 😋

Although most are borderline. If I had to work for a living again in farangland with all the PC bs and stress, I'd go crazy as well.

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