If you'd like added insight into the global impact of depression, this document is a great place to start.
Depression is one of the biggest health challenges the world faces. More than 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. One in five people will experience a period of depression in their lives, and it is the leading cause of disability worldwide...Policy makers and employers are failing to grasp the scale and urgency of the problem. Meanwhile, mental illness continually loses out to physical conditions in the allocation of public health funds, and society still stigmatizes those who suffer...Rich and poor countries alike fail to provide enough care for those with mental illnesses, with physical conditions always winning out in the battle for resources. And yet, there is no health without mental health. Body and mind work together.