November 21, 2014 at 10:00am

Mental health, especially mood disorders such as depression, are increasingly society’s biggest long-term health issue.

Depression is one of the most significant public health problems facing the world in the 21st century. It is estimated that over a quarter of citizens of working age have suffered from depression, and it is the leading cause of disability worldwide with an estimated 350 million people affected. Diagnoses for the illness have continued to increase yet clinicians continue to report that up to 50% of those affected are untreated, causing significant impact to individual health, the workplace and our economies.

The burden of depression is on the rise globally. The Economist's one-day invitation-only forum, will take a multi-faceted approach, gathering together policymakers, healthcare providers, the pharma industry, academia, employers and patient groups for a day of debate and discussion. We will examine the burden of depression as well as a variety of national responses to it, aiming to tackle an issue that has become a leading cause of illness worldwide.

Join the conversation: #DepressionSummit