World Health Day Focuses on Depression
Each year the World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 by people across the world. The first celebration was held on April 7 in 1950. The annual event is to raise the common public awareness towards health issues and concerns. Each year there is a certain focus, a special theme. In 1995, for example, the awareness was aimed at the Global Polio Eradication. Following this, most of the countries have come free of this fatal disease.
2017 Theme: “Depression: Let’s Talk”
More than 300 million people are presently living with depression, according to WHO. This is an 18 percent increase from 2005 to 2015. Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General said, “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.” The year-long focus on depression, by WHO, is an attempt to bring awareness to people across the world about this disabling health issue.
Each year WHO is celebrated worldwide by the government, non-government, NGO’s including various health organizations at as many places as possible by organizing programs relating to the public health issues and awareness. Health organizations at places such as school, colleges, libraries and other sponsoring agencies will focus on ‘depression’ this year. Debates, art exhibitions, essay writing, competitions and award ceremonies are organized to fulfill the aim of world health day.