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Depression Can Break Your Heart

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3D Illustration of heart attackDid you know that depression is now considered to be an important risk factor for heart disease along with high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure?

1 in 20 American adults experience major depression in a given year but the ratio changes to 1 in 3 for people who have survived a heart attack.

A study conducted in Baltimore, MD found that of 1,551 people who were free of heart disease, those who had a history of depression were 4 times more likely than those who did not to suffer a heart attack in the next 14 years. In addition, researchers in Montreal, Canada found that heart patients who were depressed were 4 times as likely to die in the next 6 months as those who were not depressed.

The combined and separate public health impact of depression and heart disease is staggering. Depression is the estimated leading cause of disability worldwide, and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States by a large margin – approximately 1 in 3 Americans will die of some form of heart disease.

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What’s the ROI of Treatment for Depression and Anxiety?

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enterpriseAs companies look more and more at additional benefits that can be provided to employees that also benefit the company, mental health continues to rise in these conversations. The World Health Organization took a look at the ROI of investing in mental health care for employees.

Every $1 USD invested in scaling up treatment for depression and anxiety leads to a return of $4 USD in better health and ability to work, according to a new WHO-led study which estimates, for the first time, both the health and economic benefits of investing in treatment of the most common forms of mental illness globally.

These are some quick facts about the state of depression and anxiety in the world today:

  • Between 1990 and 2013, the number of people experiencing depression and/or anxiety increased  nearly 50% from 416 million to 615 million
  • Close to 10% of the world’s population are affected
  • Mental disorders account for 30% of the global non-fatal disease burden
  • The WHO estimates that, during emergencies, as many as 1 in 5 people are affected by depression and anxiety

A new study conducted by the WHO calculated the treatment costs and health outcomes in 36 low-, middle-, and high-income countries from 2016-2030. The estimated cost to scaling up treatment, primarily in psychosocial counseling and antidepressant medication, equaled $147 billion USD. You’re probably thinking that is a really high number. However, a 5% increase in labor force participation and productivity is valued at $399 billion USD and improved health adds another $310 billion USD in returns.

If it improves employee quality of life and the return is that high, why not invest in making treatment available?


To read the entirety of the update from the WHO, visit their website.

The published study findings can be found in The Lancet Psychiatry here.