The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that despite nearly 1 billion people living with mental health disorders, mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health.  

  • Depression alone is expected to be the leading disease burden in the next ten years.
  • One in 10 people is suffering from a mental disorder and those with severe conditions die 10-20 years earlier than the general population.
  • Suicide claims up to 800,000 lives each year (1 person every 40 seconds) and is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29 years. In most cases, suicide occurs in the context of a mental disorder.

Cork. Each year, around 20 million European citizens are affected from depression. Depression is a serious illness which impacts on all aspects of life, including work. While Small and Medium Sized enterprises particularly face substantial economic losses due to the global impact of COVID-19, the MENTUPP consortium anticipates, that capacities for mental health promotion and provision in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will be even more limited in the future. A second COVID-19 wave might further impact negatively on people affected by depression. This is why action on occupational mental health is urgently needed.

More than 54,000 people in the countries of the European Union die from suicide every year. More than 90% of suicides occur in the context of a psychiatric disorder, of which the majority are depressive disorders. On 10th September 2020, the annual World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) will be held, a global awareness day with the aim of encouraging us to engage with each other and to join together to increase awareness of suicide prevention.


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We launched four new videos about EAAD, the 4-level approach and our international expert network.

EU-Horizon 2020 funded project has started

Enterprises are increasingly aware of the tremendous costs caused by absenteeism and presenteeism due to depression and the responsibility to support mental health of their employees.

Page 3 of 3 is a brand and initiative of the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD).

The iFightDepression website and online self-management tool were co-funded by the Health Programme of the European Union.