On World Health Day 2017, WHO urges you to talk about depression

Tabitha Dunn
April 8, 2017

Let's Talk is this year's theme for the World Health Day, observed on 7th April, by the World Health Organisation.

The world body says depression 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. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.

The World Health Organisation's campaign to raise awareness and remove the social stigma on depression is welcome. Depression is an illness in which people feel overwhelming sadness, lose interest in activities they enjoy, and find it hard to carry out daily tasks. "Depression is a mental illness, which is characterised by a low mood for two weeks and lack of interest in almost all activities, lack of sleep, feeling worthless, hopeless and a feeling of guilt or even suicidal thoughts".

The suicide rate varies by WHO Region and by sex, ranging from below 5 per 100,000 population among females in low-and middle-income countries of the Eastern Mediterranean and American Regions to 20 or more among males in high-income countries and also in the low-and middle-income countries of the African, European and South-East Asian Regions.

There is another very important way that talking and depression are connected.

He appealed that people should call these Help lines: 08058820777; or 09030000741 to seek help, ask questions, or report anybody who has tendency to commit suicide because the strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt. Depression can affect anyone.

"For some people depression may be related to their circumstances or experiences, but for others there may be no clear reason behind their illness, which may involve a range of psychological and physical symptoms that undermine a person's work and home life".

Depression has many causes.

Similar trends are apparent for anxiety disorders, from which an estimated 264 million people, or 3.6% of the global population, were suffering in 2015, again predominantly women.

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"The hospital admits almost 2,000 people with depressive disorders a year", he said. We need to identify ways to prevent depression crossing generations by providing effective approaches for families and in schools.

World Health Organization says people who suffer from depression do not seek treatment because of lack of support and the fear of stigma, so there is a need to address issues around prejudice and discrimination. It is not a sign of weakness to seek help but a sign of courage and willingness to move forward. It affects how you think, feel, and act.

"If you're going through a tough time, speak to someone you trust about how you're feeling and try and get help".

The PM insisted that those who are depressed must share how they feel with their loved ones.

First line treatment medicines for depression in Uganda are accessible at all government health centres while general and regional hospitals provide more highly skilled professional treatment and other psychosocial interventions.

New Zealanders are being encouraged to tackle depression through meaningful conversations. Being pregnant or having a new-born may not always trigger positive reactions in the person, there is nothing wrong in getting timely help.

Depression can make people want to cancel plans, stop doing things they would normally enjoy, and want to hide away from the world. In many countries, there is little or no support available for people with mental health disorders.

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

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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