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Neoliberalism Is Killing Us: Economic Stress as a Driver of Global Depression and Suicide

Health & Wellness  (tags: mental health, Global study, World Health Organization, (WHO), April 7 World Health Day, depression, suicide, stressors, statistics, Neoliberalism, inequality, poverty, unemployment )

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A new report shows rates of depression increased 18% between 2005 and 2015, now estimated to afflict over 300 million people worldwide. Approximately 800,000 people commit suicide each year. Poverty and unemployment are leading causes.


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Peggy B (43)
Tuesday April 4, 2017, 6:59 am
Hmmm. Interesting.

Judy C (91)
Tuesday April 4, 2017, 2:26 pm
This article takes a good look at the root causes of depression, suicide, and so much misery in our world. The people at the top we get there by trampling those beneath them. How can that possibly lead to anything positive? Neoliberal policies have been shown again and again to benefit only a few elites and corporations at the expense of everyone else. Some people still buy the discredited trickle-down theory, which is absolutely ridiculous. The US now has greater inequality than China. When people have no hope, how can they not be depressed? Medications and therapy are band-aids for a systemic, global problem.

Animae C (507)
Tuesday April 4, 2017, 2:48 pm
Thanx Judy

JL A (281)
Tuesday April 4, 2017, 3:05 pm
And now the harms are affecting those who were not extra vulnerable due to race, ethnicity, nation of origin, gender, disability...even white male privilege no longer protects...thanks Judy

Janet B (0)
Wednesday April 5, 2017, 12:53 pm

Freya H (345)
Wednesday April 5, 2017, 3:07 pm
Not surprising in this dark time. To those who say, "When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on," I say, "What if there's not enough rope to tie a knot?"

Hartson Doak (39)
Wednesday April 5, 2017, 7:47 pm
Except decades of robust data prove neoliberalism is not all it's cracked up to be, even by economic standards. The IMF itself -- a major proponent of the ideology -- states neoliberalism has been "oversold," because it exacerbates inequality and unemployment. Neoliberalism has increased inequality in the United States as well. The US has worse income inequality than China, with an economically disastrous wealth gap. Due to decades of forced reforms tied to IMF and World Bank loans -- often referred to as "conditionality" -- poverty, inequality and unemployment have spread even more acutely in poorer countries. THE SYSTEM IS FLAWED. Make the employees co owners and this will all go away.

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday April 5, 2017, 10:14 pm
Thanks Judy

Yvonne F (181)
Thursday April 6, 2017, 7:12 am
Great article!!!!!! Thanks you so much for sharing, Judy!

Janet B (0)
Thursday April 6, 2017, 4:31 pm

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday April 8, 2017, 1:13 pm
"I find it striking that the WHO highlights poverty and unemployment as leading causes of depression, yet suggests exercise, school-based prevention programs, therapy and medication to solve it." according to the article.

Yes, I find it striking as well. But let us add on more austerity and spend more on tomahawk missiles.

Raleighaway k (359)
Sunday April 9, 2017, 12:10 am
noted shared thanks - very sad situation!

Margie FOURIE (148)
Sunday April 9, 2017, 10:06 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday April 11, 2017, 1:46 am
Thanks again
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