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'Depression' is the theme of this year’s World Health Day

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 The theme of this year’s world health day campaign will be 'depression'. World Health Day is observed every year on April 7.  In a statement, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the core of the campaign is the importance of talking about depression as a vital component of recovery. The slogan of the campaign is-"Depression: Let's Talk".

It said that the stigma surrounding mental illness, including depression, remains a barrier to people seeking help throughout the world. 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.

Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.

Yet, depression can be prevented and treated. A better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help.

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