As if there were not enough antidepressants users, the global economic downturn could even lead to a rise in their numbers. World Health Organization is suggesting that the number of mental health problems could easily increase with the added stress that comes along with economic problems.

The struggle and having to cope with having their houses repossessed, the market meltdown could deepen the despair.

Director of WHO Margaret Chan said at a meeting of mental health experts in Geneva that the consequences of current financial crisis on mental health of people in trouble should not be underestimated.
There also seems to be an inadequate care of people in need. People living in low- and middle-income countries, who are at particular risk of mental disorders, are receiving no treatment and proper care.

Chan warned that it should not come as a surprise the raising incidence of stresses, suicides and mental disorders. He also added that the governments worldwide should make mental health a vital part of primary health care, so those who are most in risk would be appropriately addressed and disasters prevented.

Director of WHO's mental health and substance abuse department, Benedetto Saraceno, agrees with the increased risks and adds that there is a clear evidence that suicide is linked to financial disasters but he also says that suicide is a preventable condition if properly addressed before the idea arises.

At most risk are not the rich, who are losing their millions, but poor people.

Mental health disorders such as depression affect one in four people at some point in their lives. In many countries, less than two per cent of health funds are spent on mental health and this situation should change. People suffering from mental health disorders are stigmatized, neglected and abused, but their human rights need to be protected and they should be given opportunities to contribute to social and economic life.

The WHO's mental health Gap Action Programme was set to increase care, psychosocial assistance and medications for mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders.