Let's talk, fight depression for better health and wellbeing

World Health Organization has also identified the rise of depression amongst individuals. He also called for the allocation of adequate human and financial resources to respond to the growing burden.

Depression is not a sign of personal weakness but can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or socio-economic background. Which means, 1 crore 25 lakh people of India are suffering from workplace depression. Globally, it is the biggest cause of ill health and disability, says WHO.

In this photo, a staff of "Inochinodenwa", non-profit telephone hotline for people seek help, receives a counseling call in Tokyo. There's an urgent need to prevent and treat those affected by this serious and complex mental health condition. Chances are they might be dealing with issues that they can not open up about because of the lack of support, taboo and stigma associated with depression. "Telling someone you trust that you are feeling down is a good start in getting help and moving towards recovery".

She said that early recognition of the symptoms was key to preventing depression from becoming a chronic illness.

Depression is a common mental illness characterised by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that people normally enjoy. It is now the second leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 29 - a statistic that should jolt us all into action. We also know that simply talking with friends, family and professionals is part of the way we help people who are depressed. "Both types of depression can be chronic, lasting for an extended period of time with relapses, especially if they go untreated", Dr. Al-Zayed made clear.

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Everyday, more than 500 people from the Western Pacific Region commit suicide, the World Health Organization (WHO) disclosed.

"The mental health workforce of psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists and social workers is woefully inadequate".

Peoplecare continues to remain at the forefront of facilitating the delivery of healthcare services through its innovative delivery of mental health support including its Mental Health Program for employees and the MindStep program for members.

According to researchers, even in high income countries, almost 50 per cent of people with depression do not receive treatment and drugs prescribed are often ineffective.

World Health Assembly was held first time in the year 1948 in Geneva, Switzerland by the WHO where it was chose to commemorate the World Health Day annually on April 7. The Brazzaville Declaration on Noncommunicable Diseases states the necessary steps for achieving this. The losses are incurred by households, employers and governments: for households, with absence from work affecting household income; for employers, with lower productivity of employees when at work and absence from work; and for governments, with higher health and welfare expenditures. Simply expressing their feeling or concerns can help many people relieve the stress they may feel that can lead to depression.