7th April 2017 by Neel Patel
Today marks the founding of the World Health Organization and in celebration, they bring you World Health Day.
This year the focus has shifted to depression, with an estimated 300 million people worldwide living with depression there has been almost an 18% Increase between 2005 and 2015. There is an abundant lack of support present for people living with mental disorders, this coupled with the fear of stigma has led to many avoiding treatment they require to live healthy lives.
1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.
Due to the subjective nature of depression and the large spectrum the diagnosis covers, there is difficulty in spotting signs of depression. Many times there is no physical indication that someone is experiencing depression, which is why it is easily hidden as everything is internalised.
Only 11% of workers had recently discussed mental health with their line manager.
Depression is now the second highest cause of death in 15 to 29-year-olds.
We believe these numbers are a wake-up call, and campaigns such as this are a step in the right direction. We need to get everyone talking openly about the real impact mental health has and support the ability to overcome it.
There can be light at the end of the depression tunnel. As more people speak openly about mental health, the environment can hopefully change from a stigmatised taboo to a comforting one. Currently, there are resources available such as support services with the NHS providing online self-referral and online counselling (subject to area), but there is still much room to grow.
We need to get rid of the perception that depression can be seen as a weakness, and address depression as soon as possible. A problem shared is a problem halved.
(1) "Depression". World Health Organization. N.p., 2017. Web. 6 Apr. 2017.
(2) "How Common Are Mental Health Problems? | Mind, The Mental Health Charity - Help For Mental Health Problems". Mind.org.uk. N.p., 2017. Web. 6 Apr. 2017.
(3) Mental Health at Work Report (2016) accessed via “http://wellbeing.bitc.org.uk/system/files/research/bitcmentalhealthatworkexec_summary.pdf”
(4) "Introduction - Online Mental Health Services - NHS Choices". Nhs.uk. N.p., 2017. Web. 6 Apr. 2017.