World Health Day April 7
Since 1950, each year on April 7th, the World Health Organisation (WHO) sponsors World Health Day. Each year, the theme for the World Health Day changes, drawing worldwide attention to a subject of major importance. For 2017, the theme for World Health day is “Depression: Let’s Talk”, this aims to rally action to help against depression.
Depression is a condition that affects people of all ages, in any situation, in all countries. It impacts on peoples ability to carry out everyday tasks, the consequences (which sometimes can be devastating) don’t just affect them, but family, friends and the community around them. At worst, depression can lead to self-harm and suicide. Fortunately, depression can be prevented and treated.
WHO aims to better spread the understanding of depression, which can lead to prevention and treatment, and hoping to reduce the “brand” associated with the illness and lead to more people seeking help.
An estimation on 23rd February 2017, shows that the number of people living with depression has increased by over 18% between 2005 and 2015, with more than 80% of these people suffering with depression, living in low-income and middle-income countries.
If you believe you or someone you know, may be suffering from the symptoms of depression, contact your doctor to make an appointment to seek advice and help. For immediate assistance, contact the services of Beyond Blue or Lifeline.
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