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Mental illness is one of the main causes of unhappiness in the world. It produces nearly as much of the misery that exists as poverty does, and more than is caused by physical illness. Treating it should be a top priority for every government, as should the promotion of good mental health. Let's figure out the way ahead.
Cost-effective treatments exist for depression and for anxiety disorders. They yield good recovery rates and are not expensive. Moreover, the savings in restored employment and productivity outweigh the costs. So this investment has a negative net cost to society.