World Health Day is an official annual event that promotes the awareness of health worldwide. Initiated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Health Day began in 1950, on the anniversary of their formation. Each year, the WHO organises national and local events globally that seek to draw attention to public health issues.
This Year's Theme - Depression
The theme of this year’s World Health Day is “Depression: Let’s Talk”. Previous themes for World Health Day include Diabetes, Malaria, Smoking Cessation, Climate Change and Food Safety, amongst others.
Depression and other mental health conditions can strike at any time and can happen to anyone. Regardless of economic background, gender or age. People living with depression face difficulty in performing everyday tasks. Moreover, they often suffer from stigma associated with the condition.
Sadly, at worst, depression can lead to self-harm and suicide. Suicide is now the leading cause of death for 15-29-year-olds. The consequence of this is that depression adversely affects the sufferer’s life as well as those around them, such as their loved ones and communities. This has a negative knock-on effect for healthcare providers and workplaces.
Better understanding in the treatment and prevention of depression will lead to more people seeking help if they suffer from the condition. In addition, increased awareness will reduce the stigma attached to mental health conditions. This year, the WHO is launching a year-long campaign that aims to tackle these issues.
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