Depression is a leading cause of avoidable suffering, globally. Yet, too few people in communities, governments, and the health sector understand or acknowledge depression as a unique challenge for individuals. Not enough is done to avoid and alleviate the suffering and disadvantages linked with depression, and few governments acknowledge its effect on social and economic development. This Commission synthesizes evidence from diverse contexts and, in consultation with people with lived experience, generates action-oriented recommendations. We aim to promote united action to reduce the burden of depression and ensure greater attention to the millions of people who live with depression globally.
Time for united action on depression: a Lancet – World Psychiatric Commission, 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.