Break the silence on depression on World Health Day

In the press conference for the World Health Day, WHO-Western Pacific Region Director Shin Young-soo call such reality a "tragedy". "Depression affects people of all ages from all walks of life and in all countries".

"The Government of Canada will continue to help communities address their unique mental health challenges and to work together with the WHO to promote mental health and our collective well-being". He notes the majority of people with depression lives in low- and middle-income countries.

It aims to raise the public awareness about the adverse impacts of the illness on family and society, and best treatments as well as the health service providers, notably the Psychological Medicine Hospital. Many Belizeans of all ethnic groups are affected by depression.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) in a statement gives us much to deeply think about when it says that depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. For instance in Sri Lanka we regularly or irresponsibly use the word "Pissa" (mad person) and are shy of any reference to Angoda because the National Institute of Mental Health is situated there.

"The mental health workforce of psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists and social workers is woefully inadequate".

We need to identify ways to prevent depression crossing generations by providing effective approaches for families and in schools. It is now the second leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 29 - a statistic that should jolt us all into action.

"Depression is also a major risk factor for suicide-related deaths".

Depression is a common mental illness characterised by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that people normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for 14 days or longer. The overall goal of this initiative is to ensure that people with depression both seek and get help.

Talking with people you trust can be a first step towards recovery from depression.

"People do not choose to be depressed".

Recent reports by World Health Organization indicates that Uganda has among the highest number of mentally ill people in Africa.

Depression is manageable and treatable.

"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".

The World Health Day, which falls on April 7, had Depression as its theme this year.

Mrs Margret Udoh, Board member of the GAMHA made the called at a press conference on Thursday in Abuja, ahead of the World Health Day 2017, on April 7.

  • Santos West