World Health Day 2017: Depression, Let’s Talk

The dark cloud of depression

On the 7th of April of every year the World Health Organisation (WHO) sponsors and promotes global awareness of a specific health issue and has been successfully doing so for the past 67 years. This special day also serves to commemorate the day this incredibly influential organisation was founded and to celebrate the success of their efforts since they began promoting well-being, preventative care and health in 1950.

The theme surrounding this day varies every year, from diabetes (2016), to food safety (2015) to healthy ageing (2012)[1]. This year, the organisation has chosen to shine light on one of the more taboo areas of health care – depression. WHO characterises depression as “a persistent loss of interest in activities that one normally enjoys, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.” In addition, common symptoms also include: a loss of energy, a change in appetite, sleeping more or less, anxiety, reduced concentration, indecisiveness, restlessness, feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness and thoughts of Read more