World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The theme of the World Health Day 2017 is Depression: Let’s talk.
The goal of World Health Day is to encourage sufferers to talk about their experience, and to seek help.
According to WHO, depression is “persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that people normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities for two weeks or more.”
Depression is often a hidden illness, but it can impact on people’s ability to carry out even simple tasks, and in the most serious cases, can lead to death by suicide.
The campaign “Let’s talk about depression” has been launched by the WHO to tackle the issue and remove its stigma.
Depression and anxiety-related disorders are most common of all mental health disorders, and affect women more than men.
According to WHO, India has the highest suicide rate among 10 South-East Asian countries and depression is one of the leading causes for this.
Globally, it is the biggest cause of ill health and disability, says WHO. In South-East Asia region, a massive 86 million people are affected by depression.
In the age group of 15-29 years, the suicide rate per 1 lakh people is as high as 35.5.
In the last decade, cases of depression have surged by nearly 20 percent.