The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks depression (unipolar) as the fourth leading cause of disease burden, accounting for 4.4% of total DALY’s--disability-adjusted life-years (WHO, 2012). Authors conclude from this data that the burden of depression worldwide represents a major public health problem affecting clients and society at large. They note that although variations occur, trends and patterns of illness tend to be very similar throughout the world. Recent statistics from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R) Study report a 12-month prevalence for all mood disorders in U.S. adults between the ages of 18-65 as 9.5% and having a lifetime prevalence of 20.8% (NIMH, 2011). The total economic impact of mood disorders is extreme and places an enormous burden on the health care industry. Millions of depressed individuals never receive treatment. Health care providers could refer their clients to self-help support groups as an additional resource for care.
This presentation will present evidence to support an understanding of and value for self-help support groups for mood disorders and compare and contrast self-help group resources for mood disorders available in the U.S. and Ireland, both Northern and Southern Ireland.
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