There’s a major mental health summit taking place in Greece at the moment (you may have heard my colleague Pascale Harter reporting from there), and there are some stark statistics coming out of it. About 800,000 people commit suicide every year, and 86 per cent of them are from low- and middle-income countries. Yet, the WHO points out, in the developing world 2% of national health budgets are spent on mental healthcare.
Do you have experience of depression? Maybe it’s affected one of your friends or family. Did you feel your country’s healthcare system took the illness seriously enough? Would you like more support for those with mental health problems?
Or do you remain to be convinced about the nature of depression? Can change in circumstances or attitude prove to be as effective in changing a person’s outlook as help from a doctor? Are you sceptical about whether your country needs to spend millions more dollars on mental health, while cancer, HIV / AIDS, Malaria and so on require such urgent attention?