The WHO has launched a year-long campaign called, "Depression: let's talk" in an attempt to break stigmas associated with mental health issues and encourage people who need help to seek it. The World Health Day 2017 Theme on 7th April is Depression: Let's Talk.
"Depression affects people of all ages and walks of life". It is now the second leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 29 - a statistic that should jolt us all into action. Doctors say depression often expresses itself as disturbed sleep or loss of appetite, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, or feelings of tiredness and lethargy.
It is also aimed at encouraging depression sufferers to seek assistance and treatment, as well as to encourage family members, friends and colleagues to talk to, help and support the patient. According to WHO, India has the highest suicide rate among 10 South-East Asian countries and depression is one of the leading causes for this. As per the latest estimates from World Health Organization, more than 300 million people were now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.
Unfortunately, only less than half of the total number of people living with depression are receiving treatment - because of fear and discrimination arising from stigma, and lack of available services, Shin said.
He said depression has a major impact on the daily lives of individuals, some of who are driven to commit suicide. "Talking about it and accepting that you have the symptoms of depression is a crucial step that should be taken".
According to the organisation, "depression increases the risk of substance use disorders and diseases such as diabetes and heart disease; the opposite is also true, meaning that people with these other conditions have a higher risk of depression".
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Mental illness or depression remains a taboo in society but we need to find out the causes and deal with the patients like normal people if we want to overcome the illness.
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A lot of the country still views depression, and other mental health issues, through an antiquated lens.
As depression is not contagious and can be prevented, talking about it can be critical to bringing the condition out of the closet.