Depression: Let’s Talk

“#Depression: let’s talk” says WHO, as depression tops list of causes of ill health. Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives. The new estimates have been released in the lead-up to World Health Day on 7 April, the high point in WHO’s year-long campaign “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. Said WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan: “These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves.”
I’m sure the “estimated” number of people does not include those undiagnosed with the condition. There are so many people living with depression and we don’t even know because they are either high functioning or afraid to face the reality that they are depressed. Either way, this is a very serious public health crisis on epidemic levels that needs to be seriously addressed. Let’s open more public forums to educate and empower people about it so they can seek and get the help needed. We’re doing our part at SISFI, The Suicide Institute, The Suicide Center, #NYC The Suicide Council and SISFI’s Abuse & Suicide First Aid Response and Wellness Centers “ASFARWC” to effectively address it. We all have a part to play in helping to address the challenges and needs. #IAmBrettless #Humaneologist #Suicideologist #Depressionologist #HumanizeSuicide #RiseToHealingPain #OneLove
~Brett A. Scudder


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