World Health Day 2017. Depression: Let's talk

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

WHO shines spotlight on Depression for World Health Day 2017

On Friday, 7 April 2017, WHO and the Ministry of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine celebrated World Health Day in Colombo. WHO is shining a spotlight on depression for World Health Day 2017 to focus attention on this international public health issue.

World Health Day 2017 Sri Lanka

WHO Sri Lanka invites you to a special event to raise awareness on depression on Friday, 7 April 2017 at the Arcade - Independence Square, Colombo 7 from 10 am - 5 pm.