by Vikram Patel and Shekhar Saxena
The New England Journal of Medicine, January 15, 2014
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At least 10% of the world’s population is affected by one of a wide range of mental disorders; as many as 700 million people had a mental disorder in 2010. The 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study showed that mental disorders account for 7.4% of the world’s burden of health conditions in terms of disability-adjusted life-years and nearly a quarter of all years lived with disability – more than cardiovascular diseases or cancer. We know what works in treatment and care; now we need to implement that knowledge and take it to scale. Our ultimate goal must be universal mental health care, providing a system that adequately addresses not only the mental health needs but, equally important, the social consequences of mental health problems.