Let's talk about depression on World Health Day

Let's talk about depression on World Health Day”

WHD, celebrated on April 7 every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO, provides a unique opportunity to mobilise action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. This year, that is, 2017, the aim of WHO is to tackle the depression condition around the world. "People are not happy with their life achievements and demands", said Borker, who wrote and directed the play to spread awareness about depression.

The WHO official noted that suicide is the leading cause of death among those aged 15 to 29 years old. "Effective treatment is available through talking therapies and antidepressant medications, or a combination of both".

To address the issues of depression and anxiety disorders, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has introduced LUTH-Suicide Research and Prevention Initiative (SURPIN) and its "ONE 1 MORE DAY" campaign aimed at reducing suicide deaths.

Dr Noor Hisham said the public should be more open-minded to understand and to give support to individuals suffering from depression, but those who were living in depression should also be more open-minded, not only to seek help and treatment, but also to talk to someone about it.

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"Seeking help by talking with trusted people can be a first step towards recovery, " the director said. That's right. Approximately 300 million people are living with depression and rates have increased significantly in the past 10 years.

Depression is clinically defined as persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that are normally enjoyed, as well as an inability to carry out daily tasks, for 14 days or longer.

"As we commemorate World Health Day, I appeal to Member States to include mental health in their national health development agenda". In the Eastern Mediterranean Region, as many as 1 in 5 people are affected by depression and anxiety in countries affected by armed conflict, insecurity and displacement. Further, fewer than 50% of people with depression receive any treatment even in high income countries. It is often seen that simpler disorders, if not managed in time, tend to become more complex putting the patient at higher risk of morbidity. While it may seem hard to get excited about yet another "world-something-day", this year, simply acknowledging World Health Day as a company could leave you with a healthier, more productive workforce. The above underscores the importance of overcoming this challenge.

"This can be done by having conversations about depression the same way we do with any other disease". This is a confidential service where trained counsellors will listen and help immediately on the phone and follow up with other support if necessary.

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