This paper discuss the inequalities in global burden of mental health disorders and the ethical implication for addressing this inequality as it adversely impact on poverty reduction initiatives and economic development. Untreated mental conditions contribute to economic loss because they increase school and work absenteeism and dropout rates, healthcare expenditure, and unemployment.
Ngui EM, Khasakhala L, Ndetei D, Roberts LW. Mental disorders, health inequalities and ethics: A global perspective. (2010) International review of psychiatry (Abingdon, England);22(3):235-244.