• Vol. 40 No. 10, 436–438
  • 15 October 2011

A Timely Investment: Coordinated Care for Depression and Anxiety Disorders

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World Mental Health Day was established in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health to increase public awareness of mental health issues. Since that time, there have been many advances in the understanding and treatment of mental illness, but neuropsychiatric conditions remain the most important causes of disability worldwide, accounting for approximately one third of the overall global burden of disease among individuals aged 15 and older. Despite the high level of disease burden attributed to mental disorders, those who suffer from these conditions do not typically receive adequate diagnosis or treatment and access to care remains limited for many. The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day, “The Great Push: Investing in Mental Health” is meant to stimulate investment in programs that will improve mental health and wellbeing for the millions of individuals suffering from psychiatric disorders. It is therefore timely to consider this issue in the Singaporean context.

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