Depression: We're all at risk, World Health Organization warns

  • Depression: We're all at risk, World Health Organization warns

Depression: We're all at risk, World Health Organization warns

The World Health Awareness Day's campaign this year is touted to focus on getting more people across the world dealing with depression to come forward and seek help.

These numbers are released ahead of World Health Day on April 7 which is themed, "Depression: Let's Talk" and aims to mobilise action on depression. The theme of 2017 World Health Day campaign is depression. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people's ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends.

The WHO official bared that suicide is the leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 29.

According to health experts, antidepressant medication, talk therapies or a combination of both are effective treatments for moderate to severe depression. "Left untreated, depression can lead to suicide", Mr. Shin said.

"We strongly support the World Health Organization campaign "Depression: let's Talk" as it highlights the dual message that talking is a first step to getting help, and that talking about your difficulties can help overcome them". "For someone living with depression, talking to a person they trust is often the first step towards treatment and recovery". Also speaking, Dr Daniel Ajogbon, a Consultant Psychiatrist, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, said depression was the major cause of ill health and disability in the world.

"A better understanding of what depression is will help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness". World Health Organisation commenced the theme of the year based on depression.

According to the Health Ministry, there are 177 mental health services at hospitals and health centers across the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the World Health Day is marked globally on April 7 of every year.

Emphasizing on how support for persons experiencing depression is vitally important, Singh said, "Health services across the region, related to depression, must be made more accessible and of higher quality. Only 50 percent of people suffering from depression receive treatment", he said. Additionally, patients with these diseases are more likely to develop depression.

"Let's talk means if you are sad or you have gone into depression, just talk about it".

Anyone who has lived with depression knows it is an terrible thing.

Talking openly and honestly about depression and mental illness is one concrete way we can break down fear and stigma.

Dr Pablo Vandenabeele, Bupa's Clinical Director for Mental Health, has shared his five top tips on how to support a friend or loved one who has depression.

Stigma is the biggest challenge we face in improving mental health today. We do not choose to be depressed.