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Neoliberalism Is Killing Us: Economic Stress as a Driver of Global Depression and Suicide

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It's time we addressed the economic drivers behind the global spikes in depression and suicide. 

Noelle Sullivan, Truthout

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http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2011/01/31/2014092742.gif  Sunday, April 02, 2017 | In anticipation of World Health Day on April 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report showing rates of depression increased 18 percent between 2005 and 2015, now estimated to afflict over 300 million people worldwide. Approximately 800,000 people commit suicide each year. According to the WHO, poverty and unemployment are leading causes.

To be sure, mental health services are in critically short supply globally. While often correlated with poverty, mental illnesses can cause misery regardless of one's socioeconomic status.

Noelle Sullivan is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in Global Health Studies and Anthropology at Northwestern University and a Public Voices Fellow with The Op-Ed Project.

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