World Health Day

World Health Day 2017 - Depression: Let's talk

The World Health Day this year focuses on ‘depression’.

Globally, around 350 million people of all ages, from all walks of life, suffer from depression. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year olds.

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.

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the founding of WHO.

Understanding depression through art

In line with global campaign for ‘Depression: Let’s talk’, WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia is using ‘arts’ as a developmental tool to promote positive mental wellbeing through its advocacy efforts this year.

The WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia organized a regional poster competition ‘MindArt’ for youths. The participants designed posters with messages on support strategies to prevent/overcome depression and promote positive mental health.