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Blog Posts Address Mental Health In Recognition Of World Health Day

OECD Insights: Depression: let’s talk. And act
Emily Hewlett with the OECD Health Division discusses depression and mental health, writing, “We need better information, to understand what works, and where countries are falling short; at OECD, we are particularly keen to further improve international benchmarking of data and policies so as to drive improvements across countries. We need innovation to find the effective, novel, adaptable, and affordable policies that work, for depression and for all mental disorders. And we need implementation, so that better policies for depression can already start transforming peoples’ lives…” (4/7).

World Bank’s “Investing in Health”: On World Health Day, why I’m choosing to talk about depression
Patricio V. Marquez, lead health specialist with the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, discusses his own struggles with depression at various times in his life, concluding, “On this World Health Day, we will do well in expressing our compassion and understanding for those affected by these mental maladies that harm the health, functioning, and well-being of people. In the pursuit of universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals, we cannot forget that the achievement of mental health parity in health care and social services provision should be a fundamental measure of effective health and social policy, planning, organization, and financial protection arrangements for people in need across the world” (4/6).

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