World Health Day – 7th April 2017

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Every year on 7th April we celebrate World Health Day providing us all with an ideal opportunity to join forces across the world to focus our energies on one subject; this year the focus of the day is Depression: Let’s Talk.

The day is part of a yearlong campaign launched by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Mental Health Day in October 2016 with the aim of raising awareness amongst the general public about the effects of depression and encouraging those affected to seek help. A big part of beginning to tackle the problem is not to be afraid to talk

As Soroptimists and Members of our local communities we all have a wide network of contacts of all ages among who we can raise awareness. 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.

Depression does not discriminate; it affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. For sufferers it has an impact on every aspect of their life and that of their family and those close to them.

Ladies let us be part of the campaign. Let’s Not Be Afraid to Talk About Depression and we can help make a difference.

A few facts to think about:

  • Globally, an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression
  • The WHO estimates that between 1990 and 2013, the number of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety increased by nearly 50%: close to 10% of the world’s population is affected by one or both of these conditions
  • In humanitarian emergencies and ongoing conflict, as many as 1 in 5 people are affected
  • Depression in women following childbirth can affect both maternal health and the development of new-borns
  • In many countries, there is no, or very little, support available for people with mental health disorders. Even in high-income countries, nearly 50% of people with depression do not get treatment
  • The risk of becoming depressed is increased by poverty, unemployment, life events such as the death of a loved one or a relationship break-up, physical illness and problems caused by alcohol and drug use

Get Involved:

  • Take a look at the WHO campaign toolkit
  • Download the posters
  • Send details of what you’ve done to lisa@sigbi.org
  • The primary hashtag WHO are using for the campaign is #LetsTalk but look out for posts using #depression and #mentalhealth as well
  • Include @SIGBI1 in your tweets