UN Observance: World Health Day

“Your friends, your family, your surroundings, your environment, all of these can prevent you from going into depression, and if you unfortunately have gone into it, they can also pull you out of it”, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared, during the 30th edition of Mann ki Baat on March 26.

On April 7, World Health Day aims to raise awareness about depression as a worldwide illness. The one-year campaign launched on October 10, 2016, is about to encourage more people suffering from depression to seek and get help. In this regard, World Health Day is a turning point to spread the word and reach people suffering from depression, but also their family and friends.

Depression is defined by the World Health Organization as “a common mental disorder, characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness, and poor concentration.”. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, which is now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year old.

window-view-1081788_1920This year, the slogan of the campaign is “Depression: Let’s talk”. First of all, the campaign aims to speak up about an obscure illness while depression remains underestimated in many societies. Second, the campaign insists on the importance of dialogue, as a way to prevent and cure depression.

As the illness impacts people from all ages and all societies, everyone can get involved. On April 7, take action by joining an official event, or spreading the word on social medias using the hashtag #LetsTalk. This is also a great opportunity to take some time to look carefully at people counting in your life, to prevent depression. Finally, #LetsTalk is also about allowing people to speak freely about their personal feelings, to get rid of this illness.

To find out more about World Health Day, please, visit: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2017/en/

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