World in mental health crisis of ‘monumental suffering’, say experts

Lancet report says 13.5 million lives could be saved every year if mental illness addressed

Every country in the world is facing and failing to tackle a mental health crisis, from epidemics of anxiety and depression to conditions caused by violence and trauma, according to a review by experts that estimates the rising cost will hit $16tn (£12tn) by 2030.

A team of 28 global experts assembled by the Lancet medical journal says there is a “collective failure to respond to this global health crisis” which “results in monumental loss of human capabilities and avoidable suffering.”  more

Former USC Football Captain Kevin Ellison Dies After Walking Along a California Freeway

Friends and family are mourning the sudden loss of former USC and San Diego Chargers player Kevin Ellison after he died while walking along a California freeway. He was 31.

However, exactly how he died is not clear at this time and an exam is currently pending.

Ellison’s brother, Chris, told the L.A. Times his sibling was suffering from severe mental health issues around the time of his death.

“He was disoriented and didn’t know where he was at,” Chris said to the paper. “I’m sure he was trying to come home and find his family. We love him so much… My mom and sister and dad and brother did everything they could.”  more