4 November 2014

The Global Crisis of Depression

The Global Crisis of Depression

Economist Events is running a global forum to gather policymakers, healthcare providers, the pharmaceuticals industry, academia, employers and patient groups for a day of debate and discussion on the burden of depression.

The landmark event will feature a range of distinguished speakers including Kofi Annan, Beatrice Lorenzin, Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Alastair Campbell and Professor Patrick McGorry AO.

Depression is one of the most significant public health problems facing the world in the 21st century. It is estimated that over a quarter of citizens of working age have suffered from depression, and it is the leading cause of disability worldwide with an estimated 350 million people affected. Diagnoses for the illness have continued to increase yet clinicians continue to report that up to 50% of those affected are untreated, causing significant impact to individual health, the workplace and our economies.

The burden of depression is on the rise globally. The Economist's one-day invitation-only forum will take a multi-faceted approach, examining the burden of depression as well as a variety of national responses to it, aiming to tackle an issue that has become a leading cause of illness worldwide.

Economist Events - The Global Crisis of Depression