The theme of this year’s World Health Day campaign celebrated on 7th April, is ‘Depression: Let’s talk’.
Depression is a common mental health disorder and globally more than 300 million people of all ages suffer. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
The one-year campaign launched by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 10th October, World Mental Health day last year, is an opportunity to have a better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated. It also aims to reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help.
BasicNeeds has been supporting people with mental illness including those with depression since we began work in 2000. To date, over 686,000 people with mental illness, their carers and family members have benefitted from our programmes.
Find out how we are reaching people with depression in resource-poor settings here. With more than 300 million people suffering from the illness, investment in treatment for depression is good for health and for economies, read more here.
The World Health Day campaign essentials, handouts and posters are now available to download from the WHO website.
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