By Clinton Leaf / Fortune
The 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, just wrapped up a short time ago. Here are a few things I learned over the past week during this gathering of globally minded leaders, thinkers, builders, connectors, and teachers.
1. The mental health disorder time bomb is upon us.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I was fortunate to participate in a powerful discussion on mental health on Wednesday, sponsored by the nonprofit Kaiser Permanente. When taken together, mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders are the world’s leading cause of disability, according to the 2016 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, which is published annually in The Lancet; they’re responsible for one in every 10 lost years of human health. But “despite this, most people with a mental disorder do not receive minimally adequate care,” says Pamela Collins, a renowned expert on global mental health issues and Director of the Global Mental Health program within the Departments of Global Health and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and former top official at the National Institute of Mental Health.
The GBD study, led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, is the world’s largest systematic, scientific effort to quantify the magnitude of health loss from all major diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex, and population.