Information about depression
Depression - A major public health problem
Depression is a prevalent, severe and often life-threatening mental health disorder which accounts for around one quarter of all disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost in Europe. Depression is associated with deep suffering and is a huge burden to those who are affected. Moreover, it is a major risk factor for suicidal beahviour. Due to the close relationship between depression and suicidal behaviour, it is envisaged that preventive actions which improve the care and optimise the treatment for depressed patients may contribute to a reduction of suicidal acts.