Mental disorders, a highly prevalent group of noncommunicable diseases, affect the lives of 1 out of every 4 to 5 people each
year; they represent between 20 percent and 45 percent of the burden of disability. Factors related to mental illness can
interfere with the treatment of other illnesses and frequently co-occur with cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, cancer, and
other noncommunicable diseases. It is no surprise that in the face of this evidence, the Organization for Economic Cooperation
and Development in Paris started a study on mental health and mental illness in 2010, seeking solutions to this growing challenge
affecting not only the nations' and populations' health but also the economies of member countries.