On World Health Day, WHO Focuses on Depression as Health Issue

Posted April 09, 2017

Today, the leading contributor to disability caused by ill health is depression.

The health day is celebrated globally on April 7 every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation (WHO). With this year's World Health Day themed "Depression: Let's Talk", psychiatrists and counsellors urge doctors to join in the initiative of detecting depression among patients.

GETTYWorld Health Day 2017 seeks to highlight depressionWhat is World Health Day? "A person with clinical depression will feel depressed for longer periods of time (at least two weeks) and this will disrupt things in their life such as relationships or the ability to carry out their work".

Suicide is the second-largest cause of death for people between the ages of 15 to 29.

Untreated depression can prevent people from working and participating in family and community life.

The play 'Avsaad Aao Baat Kare (Depression Let's Talk)' - presented at the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi - depicts major organs of the body in human form and accusing each other of being depressed. The above underscores the importance of overcoming this challenge.

Depression has many causes.

He, therefore, called for urgent need for the government to create more awareness on how to discourage the trend, prevent and treat those affected by the mental health condition. We also shall continue to strive towards the promotion of healthier standards of living and the implementation of programmes that enhance health indices of the society, particularly those of youth. More than 300 million are now said to be living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. The support of friends and family facilitates recovery from depression. It's also important to ensure them that depression is a common illness, and isn't a sign of weakness.

According to the World Health Organization report, depressive disorders and anxiety disorders are two main diagnostic categories of common mental disorders that are highly prevalent in the population.

"Dobara poocho (Ask again) is one of the public awareness campaigns to be a little more sensitive to the people around us, look out for those who might have mental health issues and guide them to take the right action. On average, just 3per cent of government health budgets is invested in mental health, varying from less than 1 per cent in low-income countries to 5per cent in high-income countries", states the WHO.