World Health Day!
Every year the world celebrates “World Health Day” on April 7th. This global initiative is run by the “World Health Organization” (WHO) in order to raise awareness about a variety of different global health initiatives. WHO coordinates eight official global health campaigns (one of which is World Health Day), such as World Immunization Week, World AIDs Day, World Blood Donor Day, and others.
The 2017 Theme: “Depression: Let’s Talk”
Every year, the World Health Organization features a different “theme” to emphasize a certain area of health to try and improve upon. In recent years, WHO had themes called, “Beat Diabetes,” “Food Safety,” “Small bite, Big threat,” and others.
For 2017, WHO has chosen the theme to be “Depression: Let’s Talk” in order to raise awareness about depression.
Depression affects people of all ages, no matter where they originated, who they are, where they’re at in life. It impacts people many people on a daily basis and makes it incredibly difficult to get through life and business “as normal,” including even the most menial and “easiest” tasks we can consider.
Depression can affect more than just the individual who suffers from it. All people that are related to the individual can be impacted in small or large ways. Family members, friends, coworkers, and others can all be impacted as a result of a single individual’s struggle with depression.
At the worst, depression can get serious enough to cause the individual to self-inflict injury or even go as far as suicide. This is why it’s critical that we as a society choose to be open with the discussion of depression: to help those that are suffering realize that they are not alone and that there are options available to treat and overcome depression.
The more we talk about depression and the more people realize that it’s an issue of mental health and not just “feeling sad,” the more likely people who are suffering will start to seek the help that they need, and that it’s okay to get help.
If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, reach out to them and help them to find ways to get the professional help that they need to make an effective recovery. If you have overcome depression in your own life or have seen others close to you do so, make sure to share your story to encourage those that suffer.
Being open about depression, sharing experiences, and communicating to others will help to lower the negative stigmas around it and will help to promote a more open and welcoming community around this debilitating mental condition.
Contact us today at North County Health Services to learn more about depression, how you can get the help you (or someone you love) may need, and how to help to contribute to the World Health Organization’s mission to raise awareness about depression and mental health this year.