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“Depression: Let’s Talk”: WHO

Depression is an illness that affects all of us

The seventh day of April every year is celebrated as the World Health Day. The World Health Day  is a global health awareness day under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO). The World Health Day is held to mark WHO’s founding and has been celebrated every year since April 7 1950. Each year the WHO concentrates on a particular public health issue. In 2017 the theme is depression.

For 2017 the theme “Depression: Let’s Talk” aims at augmenting public awareness, community support and public health policy prioritisation on depression

Learn about “Depression: Let’s talk” campaign by Pan American Health Service

Did you know that…
  • At present less than 1 per cent of governments’ total health expenditure in low and middle-income countries is allocated for mental health
  • In India, the sale of prescription drugs for treating depression has shot up by over 30% in the last four years – from Rs 760 crore in 2013 to Rs 1,093 crore in 2016.
  • In India, psychiatrists wrote over 9.4 million new prescriptions for antidepressants in 2016 up 12% from 8.4 million in 2015. 
  • In India in the year 2017 itself more than one crore (10 million) new prescription for depression would be written by doctors.

Depression also is the most common mental illness in the population of India

Most common mental illness among Indian population

For the family and friends: “Treating mental health disorders is a lifelong commitment for the patient, his/her family and the community as a whole.” says Dr Jahanara M Gajendragad, Associate Professor  at New Delhi’s Institute of Human Behaviour and Alllied Sciences (IHBAS).

About depression: Depression is a common mental disorder that affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. The risk of becoming depressed is increased by poverty, unemployment, life events such as the death of a loved one or a relationship break-up, physical illness and problems caused by alcohol. Untreated depression can prevent people from working and participating in family and community life. Talking with people you trust can be a first step towards recovery from depression. So Let’s Talk Depression…

A short interesting video to learn about Depression by the World Health Organisation. 

Source: World Health Organisation

Resource: Learn more about the  awareness campaign from the Indian Academy of Paediatrics here

(Research Desk, Uncolumn)

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