“Without mental health there can be no true physical health” said the first Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1954. However, even now, in the 21st century, mental illnesses are still underrecognized and undertreated. In the European Union, for example, about 25% of the population suffers from major depression disorders –  the most widespread mental illnesses characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, loss of appetite and other symptoms. Quite often depression and other mood disorders cause disability and sometimes even lead to suicides.

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Author profile picture Olga Koltsova is a writer. She is fascinated by the innovative power of Eindhoven, the revolutionary technologies and the unique multicultural society.