For many years, the global health community has ignored the burdens of mental illness in poor communities.

But that’s changing. Researchers around the world are documenting the high toll that mental illnesses take, and they’re working on inexpensive, effective treatments.

Joanne Silberner visited India to report on this issue. Her stories deal with the face of depression in India, how an NGO is trying to help, and mental illness as a global problem.