The World Health Day is celebrated by the people all across the world every year on 7th of April under the leadership of World Health Organisation to draw the mass people attention towards the importance of global health.
He said everyone was at risk of developing the disorder as it affected people of all ages, from all works of life and in all countries, adding that it is now a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
But do not panic-depression is something that can happen to anybody, it is not a sign of weakness, and more importantly: it is treatable, with talking therapies or antidepressant medication or a combination of these. "Untreated depression can worsen over time, so the sooner you can receive the help you need, the better your chances are of making a good recovery".
"Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives".
World Health Organization noted that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and a major contributor to the global burden of disease. Between 2005 and 2015 the global number increased by over 18%.
As described by the World Health Organization on its website, depression is characterized by sadness and a loss of interest in activities normally enjoyed, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for 14 days or longer. The day provides a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world.
As an employer, you can help facilitate the conversation.
This year, the honorary day is focusing on a more silent epidemic-depression.
He said depression has a major impact on the daily lives of individuals, some of who are driven to commit suicide.
Emphasizing on how support for persons experiencing depression is vitally important, Singh said, "Health services across the region, related to depression, must be made more accessible and of higher quality". Further, fewer than 50% of people with depression receive any treatment even in high income countries.
"The day's slogan is "Let's talk" and we are pleased to have provided reliable statistics as the basis for that worldwide discussion about mental health".
Mr. Sophal warned depression harms people's health and family finances, as well as the national economy and society at large.
Encourage them to seek help: Your friend or loved one may not think that they are suffering from depression. The above underscores the importance of overcoming this challenge.
We need to talk about depression because in spite of how common and impactful it is, there is not almost enough attention to it or talk about it.