Mental health

According to the World Health Organization, mental illness accounts for 15% of the total burden of disease in the developed world, with depression set to become the second leading cause of disability in the world by 2020.

Mental health is a priority health area for Government.

In November 2012, Cabinet approved the 5-year strategy, Rising to the Challenge: The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan 2012–2017 (Rising to the Challenge). This strategy builds on and supports previous strategies.

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