April 17th is World Health Day -- This year the World Health Organization is highlighting Depression -- with the goal of inviting and encouraging people into better health.
- Depression is a common mental disorder.
- Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
- Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
- More women are affected by depression than men.
- At its worst, depression can lead to suicide.
- There are effective treatments for depression.
"Depression can happen to anybody. It causes mental anguish and affects people’s ability to carry out everyday tasks. Fortunately, depression can be prevented and treated. In October 2016, the World Health Organization launched a one-year campaign to ensure that more people with depression, in all countries, both seek and get help. We [at the WHO] feel so strongly about this issue that we have decided to make it the focus of World Health Day 2017. This annual event is an opportunity for all of us to get involved in activities that lead to better health.
The WHO is encouraging you to start using the "Create and Share" option on desktops, phones and tablets; note that you can enter information in the "Submit your activity" section in languages other than English. "Through this platform, you can create your own messages to send to your networks and share information about activities that you are planning."
"The purpose of this platform is for countries, individuals, organizations, institutions, etc. to engage with the theme, by sharing their activities and events. This platform is an excellent opportunity for people around the world to engage and share with one another so please take the time and get involved, and share the link with everyone you know."
- English video: https://youtu.be/0y1NSBy5Kp8
- French: https://youtu.be/XPzK4VTcKqg
- Arabic video: https://youtu.be/TH50yXWCEAk