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On World Mental Health Day, U.N. Calls For More Attention To Psychological Well-Being Of Youth, Lancet Commission Warns Of Economic Impacts

Reuters: Mental health crisis could cost the world $16 trillion by 2030
“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 on Tuesday. The ‘Lancet Commission’ report by 28 global specialists in psychiatry, public health, and neuroscience, as well as mental health patients and advocacy groups, said the growing crisis could cause lasting harm to people, communities, and economies worldwide…” (Kelland, 10/9).

U.N. News: Start nurturing your mental health ‘at an early age’ urges U.N. chief
“Worldwide, it is estimated that one in five adolescents experience mental health challenges, though most remain underdiagnosed and undertreated. Marking Mental Health Day on Wednesday, the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) is focusing on the psychological well-being of young people aged 10 to 14, to stave off conditions that can impact their lives deep into adulthood…” (10/9).

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