April 7th, World Health Day, is a Good Day to Increase Awareness Around Depression

Depression can affect anybody. And its effects can be devastating, not just to the individual who suffers from depression. But also for friends and family members. It is a debilitating condition that stops people from carrying out everyday tasks. It can devastate relationships with family members and friends and can even ruin people’s ability to keep a job and earn a living. Last October, the World Health Organization launched a one-year campaign to ensure that more people with depression, in all countries, both seek and get help. As a follow up to that commitment, this year, the World Health Organization is dedicating April 7th, World Health Day 2017, to the fight against depression. This annual event is an opportunity for all of us to get involved in activities that lead to better health. World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization, provides everyone with a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme of this year’s World Health Day campaign is depression for good reason. Depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds. It is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that are normally enjoyable, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks. In addition, people with depression normally have several of the following symptoms: a loss of energy; a change in appetite; sleeping more or less; anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide. 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. Like so many health issues, the solution lies with educating people about the illness. And that’s where you come in. To make it easier for everyone to participate and be a part of the solution, the World Health Organization has created a campaign that everyone can use. The campaign slogan is: Depression: let’s talk. And through this campaign, a lot can happen:

  • the general public will be better informed about depression, its causes and possible consequences, including suicide, and what help is or can be available for prevention and treatment;
  • people with depression will seek help; and
  • family, friends and colleagues of people living with depression will be able to provide support.

You can learn more about the campaign and all the ways you can participate by visiting the World Health Organization’s website here: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2017/en/ The more you know about your health, the better you’ll feel. At Good Days, we’re dedicated to helping people achieve a healthier and happier life. Helping people live good days, every day. That’s Good Days.

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