Experts call for united action to reduce the global burden of depression

The world is failing to tackle the global crisis of depression, according to a Lancet and World Psychiatric Association Commission on depression, which urges a whole-of-society response.

The special report published today, ‘Time for united action on depression’ calls for concerted and collaborative efforts by governments, healthcare providers, researchers, people living with depression, and their families to improve care and prevention, fill knowledge gaps, and increase awareness to tackle one of the leading causes of avoidable suffering and premature death worldwide.

Authored by 25 experts from 11 countries spanning disciplines from neuroscience to global health and advised by people with experience of depression, the report is led by  Commission Chair Professor Helen Herrman from Orygen, National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health and the University of Melbourne.