I think neglect of the issue of mental illness is an outrage

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Everyone from Michael Douglas to Angelina Jolie wants to discuss cancer, so why do we remain furtive about mental illness – which is far more common?

The taboo is worse in the Developing World where 50 per cent of people suffering psychosis get no treatment and only 10 per cent of the world’s mental healthcare resources are available.

Last autumn a Bangalore man suffering from schizophrenia was discovered bricked into a lightless room for 10 years.

He emerged with hair to his hips, matted in faeces.

Some say depression is a Western ailment, an example of doctors medicalising social breakdown.

But conditions like epilepsy and schizophrenia know no colour. Continued neglect of this issue is an outrage.