Following our report on pain last year, our latest problem area report investigates the global burden of mental illness.
The report sets out how big the problem is, how much spending it receives, and how those resources are allocated. It then focuses specifically on what can be done to reduce anxiety and depression in low-income countries. We expect it will be most useful for those considering putting their career or charitable donations towards improving global mental health and who want to learn more about the problem.
We’re pleased to be releasing this: it updates, extends, and deepens the 2018 cause profile written by our Director, Michael Plant, which was the most recent exploration of the same issues.
Michael Plant and Peter Singer argue for drug legalisation in Agora, the philosophy column of the New Statesman. They claim: “The ‘War on Drugs’ has failed. It’s time that governments, not gangsters, run the drug market.” You’ll find further discussion on the EA Forum and Twitter.
Read answers from Tim Ferriss, Michael Pollan, and Dr Matthew W. Johnson - three people who have done a lot to increase the profile and prospects of psychedelic research. We were excited to see a detailed answer from Tim Ferriss to Michael’s question on the cost-effectiveness of putting additional resources towards psychedelics.
The Happier Lives Institute (“HLI”) is operating through a fiscal sponsorship with Players Philanthropy Fund (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178), a Maryland charitable trust with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to HLI are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.