According to the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, over 300 million people live with depression, the main cause of health issues and inability to work worldwide.
The WHO organization launched last october a depression awareness campaign (Depression Let’sTalk), to remind people of the lack of support there is for people with mental health disorders, and that the fear of social stigma leads to many people to avoiding access to necessary treatments to lead a healthy productive life. In fact, they decided to make depression the highlight of the World Health Day celebration (April 7, 2017).
The aim of this campaign is to get more people with depression to seek and to get help, in all countries, worldwide. They want to raise awareness, increase public knowledge about depression, and what help is available for prevention and treatment, and that family and friends can provide support.
The campaign motto is: Depression Let’s Talk, and it intends to have people talk to someone if they may think they have depression. You can learn more about the campaign here and see which activities have been developed so far here.
In their press release, the WHO organization highlights the lack of investment governments make in mental health. They add that almost 50% of people with depression are not treated, even in rich countries, and that only 3% of health budgets are towards mental health programs.
For each US dollar invested in the treatment of depression and anxiety, there is a return of 4 US dollars in better health and ability to work. How much more effective we would all be if all people with depression were able to receive treatment and regain control of their life?
Depression increases the risk of cardiac disorders, diabetes and suicide. It is characterized by persistent sadness and lack of interest in daily activities.
Usually people with depression experience absence of energy, changes in appetite, anxiety, decreased ability to concentrate, restlessness, guilt feelings or despair, and even suicidal thoughts.
Do you think you may be experiencing depression?
Don’t let it get worse! Talk to someone, and seek help!