To mark European Depression Day 2015 on 1 October, Lundbeck joins the healthcare community and supports the Depression Manifesto, which is launched by the European Depression Association.
The Depression Manifesto calls for policy action in four priority areas (1) eliminating stigma & discrimination; (2) ensuring fair funding and parity of care; (3) enabling better and earlier access to care and treatment; (4) improving lives of people living with depression.
A broken mind must be treated as efficiently as a broken leg
More specifically, the Depression Manifesto states that “Mental health policy (…) must be revised to provide parity between mental ill health and physical ill health, to prioritise depression, to meet the World Health Organisation (WHO) targets for mental healthcare services and ensure budget holders allocate the right level of funding to implement national policy and deliver on the WHO targets.”
As Amelia Mustapha, Director at the European Depression Association, states; “We need more concrete political action and parity of care for depression. A broken mind must be treated as efficiently as a broken leg, which is not the case presently. Every second depressed person remains untreated. Could you imagine every second person with a broken leg not being treated for their injury?”
Need for inclusion of early dialogue with stakeholders
As a leading company dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by brain diseases, Lundbeck is proud to support European Depression Day. “Approaching depression from prevention to early diagnosis and better access to care and treatment is necessary to curb the burden of disease and help people living with depression. We agree with the Manifesto’s holistic focus and the need for inclusion of early dialogue with stakeholders, such as patients and healthcare professionals in the treatment paradigm and in health technology assessments. Broader social value and real life data must be acknowledged when determining the value of a new innovative treatment, which is one of the important messages of the Manifesto” says Anders Schroll, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Lundbeck.
Currently, more than 50% of depressed patients remain untreated . Of the people receiving treatment only 1 in 2 are responsive to treatment . 1 in 10 people have taken time off work due to depression, part of the reason for why depression costs employers in Australia, the US and the EU between €7.5 and €54 billion every year .
Depression can have significant impact on a person’s emotional, cognitive and physical state, thereby lowering productivity among others . Ensuring awareness of the disease, early intervention and access to care can help depressed patients and help offset the costs to society.
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