This World Health Day, talk about depression insists WHO

  • This World Health Day, talk about depression insists WHO

This World Health Day, talk about depression insists WHO

Recently, after a Mumbai youth ended his life because he was depressed, many well-known personalities came out to voice their concern about depression.

On the occasion of World Health Day, a seminar was held on this year theme- "Depression: Let's talk about what we all should know".

Globally, around 350 million people of all ages, from all walks of life, suffer from depression. Acharya further said that at worst, depression could lead to self inflected injuries and suicide. Those fatalities were only surpassed by accidents, which include vehicular crashes. Each year, between 30 and 40 people in India aged between 15 and 29 kill themselves due to depression. A better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help.

To address the issues of depression and anxiety disorders, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has introduced LUTH-Suicide Research and Prevention Initiative (SURPIN) and its "ONE 1 MORE DAY" campaign aimed at reducing suicide deaths.

The WHO Mental Health Atlas 2011 states that the government's expenditure on mental health in India was only 0.06% of the total health budget. While it may seem hard to get excited about yet another "world-something-day", this year, simply acknowledging World Health Day as a company could leave you with a healthier, more productive workforce. Talking about your feelings to a family member, a trusted person, or a professional can be helpful to many who are suffering from this disease, the Ministry of Health said in a press release.

This is the kind of royal treatment mental health deserves.

Mr. Sophal warned depression harms people's health and family finances, as well as the national economy and society at large.

Around one in eight Scots now take antidepressants daily and World Health Organization research has found the number of people living with depression worldwide increased by 18%, to around 300 million people, between 2005 and 2015.

The event witnessed launch of launch of eCAP & SOL's - two telepsychiatry applications for the rural and urban population in need of mental health consultation. Even where services are available, stigma prevents many people from accessing them.

Government needs to increase investment for people with mental health disorder.

In that year, suicide became one of the 20 leading causes of death, accounting for almost 1.5% of of the worldwide toll.