No step too small in helping workers cope with depression

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WHD 2017 is the highlight of a year-long campaign which seeks to raise awareness of depression and encourage those who are suffering with it to seek and get help. This commitment is shared by all health partners in Qatar, whose efforts underpin this year's WHO World Health Day slogan: "Depression: let's talk".

Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam, said depression affects people of all ages, races and backgrounds, in all countries. At worst, World Health Organization adds, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds. Talking about your feelings to a family member, a trusted person, or a professional can be helpful to many who are suffering from this disease, the Ministry of Health said in a press release.

The WHO, which is mounting a one-year campaign to fight depression, says depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.

In India, about 56 million people suffer from depression, which makes for 4.5 per cent of the population, while another 38 million of Indian population suffer from other anxiety related disorders. By celebrating World Health Day with employees, companies can help take the first step toward eliminating stigma and ensuring people access the support and treatment they need. Many Belizeans of all ethnic groups are affected by depression.

The overall goal of the day was to get more people with depression seeking and getting help. Medicare helps you do that with many preventive services and programs to monitor your physical health.

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From being some of the happiest people on earth, Nigerians have slumped to the rank of the most depressed in Africa.

"It can have a serious effect on relationships with family and friends, as well as one's abilities".

The day was first celebrated worldwide in the year 1950, and various events were organised on the global, national and local levels by the WHO. The losses are incurred by households, employers and governments: for households, with absence from work affecting household income; for employers, with lower productivity of employees when at work and absence from work; and for governments, with higher health and welfare expenditures.

As depression is not contagious and can be prevented, talking about it can be critical to bringing the condition out of the closet. "This reflects political commitment at the highest level to effectively address mental health issues", Bekedam said.

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