THIS YEAR'S INTERNATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH AGENDA: ERASING THE STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS
Depression is as likely to affect a refugee in war-torn Kosovo as it is an office worker in the U.S. Despite new understandings about the disorder, along with the development of life-saving drugs to treat it, it's on the rise globally. According to research conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), mental and neurological disorders like depression, epilepsy and Alzheimer's affect 400 million people around the world, and these numbers will surge even higher over the next 20 years.
It's a disturbing trend that WHO wants to reverse in 2001 with a yearlong campaign called "Stop Exclusion--Dare to Care."