Statistics show the troubling facts about rampant mental health issues around the world. As this article shows, 'more than 350 million people suffer from depression;' the leading factor to mental health issues. While communicable diseases have decreased, mental health issues have remained stagnant in society over the last twenty years.

Despite these problematic statistics, global health agendas and access to care fail to prioritize mental health issues. In fact, 75 % of people suffering from mental health issues have no access to help in low income countries, (while 35-50% of sufferers in high-income countries have no access to care).

While this article uses troubling language (such as 'mental illness' instead of 'mental health' or 'mental health issues'), it useful points out effective strategies for prioritizing mental health. Moreover, it argues that while the economic cost of treatment is high, refusing to help will lead to a loss in economic productive, decreased happiness, and even loss of life.