World Health Day 2017

Posted: April 7, 2017
Category: Newsletters
Tags: depression, world health day

The theme of the World Health Day 2017 campaign is depression.

Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.  World Health Organization estimates that more than 300 million people are now living with depression. No one is immune from depression.  It effects people of all ages, nationalities, ethnicities and social standing; however, it is something few people want to discuss due to the stigma associated with mental health issues.

Depression can impact a person’s ability to carry out simple everyday tasks and earn a living, can devastate relationships, and is the second leading cause of suicide deaths among 15 to 29 year olds.

Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in normal activities you enjoy that lasts for at least two weeks. This may also be accompanied by a loss of energy, a change in appetite, a change in sleep patterns, indecisiveness and even thoughts of suicide.  Depression can increase the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease as well as substance use disorders.  Adolescents and young adults along with adults over 60 years of age are disproportionally affected by this illness and are a focus of this campaign.

The number of people suffering from anxiety and depression has seen an increase of 50% since 1990 from 416 million to 615 million with the numbers steadily increasing.  The cost of lost productivity to the global economy due to untreated depression and anxiety is estimated at 1 trillion US dollars a year.

The overall goal of this campaign is to educate people.  Depression can be treated and even prevented if help is sought.  The first step to recovery is talking about it with people you trust.  This could be a good friend, trusted family member, counsellor or medical professional.  Antidepressants can be prescribed if required.   Many tips and resources can be found here

The most important thing is to overcome the stigma often association with depression and

Talk About It!

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