According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 40 million people are living with depression across Europe. By 2030, depression will be the leading cause of disease burden in high-income countries.
The economic impact of depression in the European Economic Area (EEA) is estimated to be up to €92 billion annually. Decreased productivity is linked to unemployment, poor housing and poverty and therefore many are trapped in a circle of deprivation and illness.
Mental health treatment gaps are common across Europe, with only half of those with severe mental health disorders receiving adequate counselling or medication, according to the Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks (GAMIAN-Europe), a non-profit patient-driven pan-European organisation which aims to change social perceptions and break down the stigma of mental health.
GAMIAN is carrying out a pan-European 'Breaking Depression' campaign. The campaign aims to lobby key decision and policymakers to improve mental health care across Europe.