Men­tal Health – A Costly Af­fair

Health & Nutrition - - HEALTH FLASH -

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. 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 said.

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