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World Health Day 2017 Depression

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Campaign at a glance

World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization, provides us with a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world.

The theme of our 2017 World Health Day campaign is depression.

Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.

Yet, depression can be prevented and treated. A better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help.

This guide is for you

If you are reading this campaign guide, you are probably interested in getting involved in the campaign. That’s great, because achieving campaign goals will only be possible if we work together.

Whether you work for the government, a nongovernmental organization or a media outlet, whether you are a doctor, teacher, journalist, blogger, parent or simply someone who has heard about the campaign and would like to get involved, this guide is for you.

What we are trying to achieve

The overall goal of this one-year campaign, beginning on 10 October 2016, World Mental Health Day, is that more people with depression, in all countries, seek and get help.

More specifically, we are aiming to achieve the following:

- the general public is better informed about depression, its causes and possible consequences, including suicide, and what help is or can be available for prevention and treatment;

- people with depression seek help; 

- family, friends and colleagues of people living with depression are able to provide support.

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