WHO has embarked on a year-long campaign called, “Depression: let’s talk.” The overall goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help.
WHO’s “Depression: Let’s Talk” campaign promotes talking about depression as a vital component of recovery. Depression affects hundreds of thousands of Canadians, and more than 300 million people globally (for more WHO statistics click HERE). It is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. It is also highly treatable. However, a lack of treatment options and fear of stigma prevent many people from seeking the care they need. This is true, even in Canada.
Depression doesn’t discriminate: it affects people of all ages, walks of life, and in all countries worldwide. WHO’s “Depression: Let’s Talk” campaign focuses on particularly vulnerable groups, including women (particularly following childbirth), older adults, and adolescents. Depression is a major risk factor for suicide, and suicide is the leading cause of non-accidental death among youth aged 15-29.
Preparing to “GET LOUD for Mental Health” during CMHA Mental Health Week, May 1-7, 2017, CMHA is declaring this year that Canadians are “sick of waiting.” Canadians are sick of waiting for mental health care, mental health education in schools, mental health funding, and for workplaces to be psychologically safe. For more information, go to mentalhealthweek.ca.
CMHA Nova Scotia supports the WHO initiative and promotes talking about mental health as part of prevention and the path to recovery. WHO recommends talking to sympathetic family members, friends or to a medical professional, in every setting in society, including schools and workplaces.
Celebrated every year, World Health Day coincides with the founding of the World Health Organization, on April 7, 1948.
For more information on Depression, click HERE.