United Nations Statement Criticizes Medicalization of Depression on World Health Day

United Nations Statement Criticizes Medicalization of Depression on World Health Day

United Nations Statement Criticizes Medicalization of Depression on World Health Day

The World Health Awareness Day's campaign this year is touted to focus on getting more people across the world dealing with depression to come forward and seek help.

On the 7 of April every year, the world gets together to celebrate the World Health Day. This year, that is, 2017, the aim of WHO is to tackle the depression condition around the world.

According to WHO, depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, with recently released estimates indicating that more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18 per cent between 2005 and 2015. Acharya further said that at worst, depression could lead to self inflected injuries and suicide. "Depression can be treated".

"We strongly support the World Health Organization campaign "Depression: let's Talk" as it highlights the dual message that talking is a first step to getting help, and that talking about your difficulties can help overcome them". Seeking help by talking with trusted people can be a first step towards recovery.

In many countries, the WHO says, there is no, or very little, support available for people with mental health disorders.

Friday is World Health Day and Illawarra home grown national not-for-profit health fund Peoplecare is on organisation that will be marking the day. Stating that though efforts have been made by countries in the region, Singh said that mental health has been among the top 10 health priorities in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, the Maldives and Sri Lanka in recent years.

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Chhit Sophal, the head of mental health and substance abuse at the ministry, said officials questioned people living in Phnom Penh and Kandal province as part of the research and found they had little understanding of depression compared with neighboring countries. "More than 90 countries, of all income levels, have introduced or scaled-up programmes that provide treatment for depression and other mental disorders using this Intervention Guide". According to World Health Organization, almost 50 per cent of the population in high-income countries do not avail treatment.

"We are also better placed to support colleagues, friends or loved ones who may have depression", she said. It is often seen that simpler disorders, if not managed in time, tend to become more complex putting the patient at higher risk of morbidity. Now, more psychiatrics are recommending those who went into depression, apart from giving anti-depressant medicines, to go out and interact with friends and family. The above underscores the importance of overcoming this challenge. All of us can play a role in helping to tackle depression.

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