Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee
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REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE
Committee : Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural
Delegate : Erlisa Akhlakul Karimah
A. MENTAL HEALTH
Worldwide there are about 450 million individuals in all societies who, in their lifetime, will suffer from a neuropsychiatric disorder that would exact a high toll in productivity and costs, and present serious health challenges (including death). This situation will get worse: the global burden of disease attributable to neuropsychiatric disorders is expected to rise from 12.3% in 2000 to 14.7% in 2020, with depression being the second most common cause of disability. The effect of major depression on quality of life is as great, or greater than, that of chronic medical conditions. A 2004 study in Singapore reported a lifetime prevalence of depression among adults as 5.6%, and that of dementia among the elderly as 5.2%. Not only do more people in Singapore die from suicide than from road traffic accidents every year, but conditions like schizophrenia, major depression, and alcohol-use disorders significantly increase the risk of early mortality. Until recently, the responsibility fo...