April 7th is World Health Day and is sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). The purpose of World Health Day is to create awareness of global health. Each year a different theme is selected to highlight specific global health issues.The theme for 2017 World Health Day is Depression: Let’s Talk.
Depression is a health concern that affects people across the globe—people from all ages, all walks of life, and in all countries. Between 2005 and 2015 there has been an 18% increase in the number of people living with depression. Close to 10% of the world’s population is affected by depression or anxiety, yet even in high-income countries, nearly 50% of people with depression do not receive treatment. Untreated depression prevents people from leading f u l f i l l i n g lives and participating fully in their family and community lives. The first step toward t r e a t m e n t and recovery is talking.
The theme for 2017 is not simply depression. It is Depression: Let’s Talk. The emphasis is on speaking about an illness that often goes unrecognized; an illness which people are sometimes afraid to a c k n o w l e d g e . Ignoring depression does not make it go away. In fact, failing to speak about depression only furthers its impact and reach. Speaking about depression is the first step toward recovery—it helps people to connect to their network of support. The purpose of the 2017 World Health Day campaign is to have more people talking about depression worldwide. In openly discussing depression, the aim is to have more people seek and receive help so that fewer people are left untreated. This World Health Day, speak up and talk about depression. Seek help, offer support, and encourage others to receive assistance as well. For more information please visit: who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2017
Information provided from the April 2017 edition of Aged to Perfection.