Peoplecare focus on depression for World Health Day

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Peoplecare focus on depression for World Health Day

With theme of this year's day, "Depression-let's talk", the GN is encouraging Nunavummiut to join citizens around the world in recognition of the founding of the World Health Organization on April 7, by talking. This year the day is being observed with the theme "Depression: let's talk".

The WHO official bared that suicide is the leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 29.

This is nothing short of a public health crisis because untreated depression can have tragic consequences.

"It is against this backdrop we have to galvanise help, encourage people to talk about the way they feel, because to be depressed is not a crime".

The first step towards treatment and recovery is often talking to a person you trust. Also speaking, Dr Daniel Ajogbon, a Consultant Psychiatrist, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, said depression was the major cause of ill health and disability in the world.

The WHO noted that at a global level, over 300 million people are estimated to suffer from depression, equivalent to 4.4 per cent of the world's population and almost that number again suffers from a range of anxiety disorders. Its goal is to enable more people with mental disorders to live healthy, productive lives.

Depression is a serious illness characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in once enjoyable activities, for at least two weeks, accompanied by physical and psychological symptoms such as disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, decreased concentration, and feelings of guilt or low self-worth.

It is celebrated each year on April 7, the day that World Health Organization was founded in 1948.

Employers may help recovering patients, or those seeking treatment, in other areas, such as by offering them flexible working hours, time-off for appointments, or opportunities for them to work from home. She complimented India for its recent legislation that decriminalises suicide and seeks to provide health care and services for persons with mental health conditions.

"Even in high-income countries, almost 50per cent of people with depression do not get treatment". According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it is one of the most common mental disorders in the USA, is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors and can be treated. Given those numbers, chances are that someone on your team is suffering in silence, or knows someone who is.

Depression has many causes. He appealed to health professionals to "think globally and act locally" and come together to meet the challenges of depression.

Though depression affects all demographic groups, it is more common among adolescents and youths, women of childbearing age (particularly following childbirth), and those above the age of 60.

"This can be done by having conversations about depression the same way we do with any other disease".

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