The theme for World Health Organisation’s World Health Day on April 7 2017 is “Depression”. According to the latest WHO estimates,322 million people are living with depression worldwide, with the numbers increasing from by more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Close toone in 20 people (4.4%) are affected, with depression being more commonamong women (5.1%) than men (3.6%).Depression affects 4-5% of the people, globally, including in India. It’s not a rare disease, it is everywhere. In that sense, depression is far more close to communities than it is acknowledged. It is also one of those things you don’t like to talk about. People with depression often find it difficult to come forward, and people around them sometimes find it difficult to recognize it and to reach out.
On World Health Day, WHO wants to create awareness about depression. For those with depression, that they are not alone, that is actually something many others are struggling with; but also forall of us that we have a role in this.Depression has gone up as a percentage, it’s not just population growth –the rates have come up by 18-20%. Urbanisation is definitely an issue and the modern way of living and communication.