WHO launches yearlong campaign to fight depression, slogan is: Let’s talk - New Delhi, October 11: With depression emerging as the second most lethal cause of suicides worldwide, The World Health Organization launched a yearlong awareness campaign against it on Monday on the occasion of world mental health day.
According to a WHO report, depression would be the theme of World Health Organization 2017 World Health Day campaign.
Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.
The information related to this campaign posted on the WHO website says that the overall goal of this one-year campaign is that more people with depression, in all countries, seek and get help.
World Health Organization has chosen to pay particular attention to three groups that are disproportionally affected: adolescents and young adults, women of childbearing age (particularly following childbirth), and older adults (over 60s).
With this public awareness campaign , the WHO is aiming to make the general public is better informed about depression, its causes and possible consequences, including suicide, and what help is or can be available for prevention and treatment.
The core component of the campaign is encouraging people suffering from depression to open up, come forward and seek help. That is why the slogan has been coined as: Let’s talk.
Since the societies worldwide attach a stigma to mental illness including depression, those suffering from it are shunned, avoided and are cursed to live in loneliness which only worsens their condition.
The idea behind this campaign is to sensitize family, friends and colleagues of people living with depression so that they are able to provide support.
Talking about depression, whether with a family member, friend or medical professional; in larger groups, for example in schools, the workplace and social settings; or in the public domain, in the news media, blogs or social media, helps break down this stigma, ultimately leading to more people seeking help.
What is depression?
Depression is an illness that can happen to anybody. It is characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.
In addition, people with depression normally have several of these symptoms: a loss of energy; a change in appetite; sleeping more or less; anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide
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 and drug use.