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“Depression has been called the world’s number one public health problem. In fact, depression is so widespread it is considered the common cold of psychiatric disturbances. But there is a grim difference between depression and a cold. Depression can kill you.” David D. Burns

Motivation Mondays: World Health Day - Theme Is Depression

Motivation Mondays: World Health Day – Theme Is Depression

What is Depression? Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.
In addition, people with depression normally have several of the following: 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 self-harm or suicide.
Something that can happen to anybody.
Not a sign of weakness.
Treatable, with talking therapies or antidepressant medication or a combination of these. World Health Organization

Since 1950, the World Health Organization has held a World Health Day to focus attention on health-related ailments and bring invaluable research and information to the public. Over the years, it has focused on the most pressing health issues by developing campaigns and disseminating information that we can all use. April 7th is World Health Day and the theme for this year is – DEPRESSION. Depression is an equal opportunity abuser and it can affect any of us. It is not the domain of certain types of people or those who don’t follow a set pattern of behavior. It is, as explained above, an illness characterized by persistent sadness and can manifest even at the height of a successful career.

Did you know that over 300 million people suffer from depression globally? And that it is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds? If you look around you or think about it carefully, you, someone you know has had a bout of depression over the years. Some are even diagnosed as clinically depressed and the treatment is long term. The truth is that we are the face of depression. It looks like YOU, ME, and EVERYONE out there and there is help. Of course, the sad part to this is that often, we hide behind the stigma that is attached to this and every other form of mental illness when we should not. You did nothing wrong and it is NOT your fault. Like every other illness of the mind and body, we need support, information and intervention.
WHO: Handout on Depression



“The continuing stigma associated with mental illness was the reason why we decided to name our campaign Depression: let’s talk … For someone living with depression, talking to a person they trust is often the first step towards treatment and recovery.” Shekhar Saxena, Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO.

Motivation Mondays: World Health Day - Theme Is Depression

Motivation Mondays: World Health Day – Theme Is Depression

WHO: James Chau shares his personal experience of depression

What can we do if we/or someone we know have/has depression? For starters, the WHO Handout above provides us with answers and practical advice to a series of questions that our loved ones might all ask during a debilitating episode of depression. Key to any effort we make is to set aside our own prejudices, focus on the needs of the other and provide swift and effective help. We can do this. The questions range from
Depression: What you should know
Living with someone with depression?
Worried that your child is depressed?
Worried about the future? Preventing depression during your teens and twenties
Wondering why your new baby is not making you happy?
Staying positive and preventing depression as you get older
Do you know someone who may be considering suicide?
Do you feel like life is not worth living?

And these questions are followed by 10 helpful, lifesaving tips and advice that you might want to jot down. At the end of the day, we can be the helping hand a depressed friend or stranger needs. By educating ourselves and being compassionate to the pain and suffering of others, we can have a huge impact on each others lives in a positive way. The 10 tips are below.



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“People talk about physical fitness, but mental health is equally important. I see people suffering, and their families feel a sense of shame about it, which doesn’t help. One needs support and understanding. I am now working on an initiative to create awareness about anxiety and depression and help people.” Deepika Padukone

Motivation Mondays: World Health Day - Theme Is Depression

Motivation Mondays: World Health Day – Theme Is Depression

The campaign core: At the core of the campaign is the importance of talking about depression as a vital component of recovery. The stigma surrounding mental illness, including depression, remains a barrier to people seeking help throughout the world. Talking about depression, whether with a family member, friend or medical professional; in larger groups, for example in schools, the workplace and social settings; or in the public domain, in the news media, blogs or social media, helps break down this stigma, ultimately leading to more people seeking help. World Health Organization

If you’ve ever been in a crisis situation or been a witness to one, you know that having key tips at hand and a go-to-plan can make the difference between life and death. While we might never be in such a place ourselves, our help can be a bright light for someone else. The 10 tips below are recommended by WHO. I cannot stress enough the value of seeking immediate professional help; ideally with a medical professional. The goal of the tips below is to help you remember that there is HOPE, and where there is HOPE, there is HELP. Please keep these and use them.

1. Talk to someone you trust about your feelings. Most people feel better after talking to someone who cares about them.
2. Seek professional help. Your local health-care worker or doctor is a good place to start.
3. Remember that with the right help, you can get better.
4. Keep up with activities that you used to enjoy when you were well.
5. Stay connected. Keep in contact with family and friends.
6. Exercise regularly, even if it’s just a short walk.
7. Stick to regular eating and sleeping habits.
8. Accept that you might have depression and adjust your expectations. You may not be able to accomplish as much as you do usually.
9. Avoid or restrict alcohol intake and refrain from using illicit drugs; they can worsen depression.
10. If you feel suicidal, contact someone for help immediately. 10 Tips from WHO


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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos via  Depression/WHD via Wikipedia and Depression via Pixabay

Until Next Time…
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107 Comments leave one →
  1. marianna permalink
    06/04/2017 6:51 am

    A dear friend of mine suffered from depression and ultimately committed suicide so I dont take this topic lightly, thanks for sharing!

  2. nlampert permalink
    06/04/2017 9:29 am

    I’m so glad to hear that this year’s theme for World Health Day is Depression since it runs in my family and is so misunderstood by the general public. Thank you for sharing the WHO’s 10 tips.

  3. Claire Santiago permalink
    06/04/2017 9:32 am

    Awareness about depression is much needed nowadays. Some people thought that it is just normal but it is not, it is something serious and should be treated by a professional.

  4. katyashadeofteal permalink
    06/04/2017 9:56 am

    I was just having a conversation with someone about depression and they assumed a person could just turn it on and off. So many people really need to be educated on what depression really is. Great post!

  5. Mike Cotton (@MikeCjourno) permalink
    06/04/2017 10:22 am

    Depression is definitely something that needs to be talked about more openly.

  6. Aprill Coleman permalink
    06/04/2017 11:52 am

    I really love the pointers you gave when dealing with a crisis or bout of depression. I felt myself slipping a little bit and I had to sit down and do some breathing. I shared this because you never know who you are helping when we talk about depression <3

  7. oksummer permalink
    06/04/2017 2:09 pm

    I really enjoy the information that the world health organization gives out. All is fairly accurate too. I hope this post can help all those suffering with depression.

  8. oksummer permalink
    06/04/2017 2:09 pm

    great post and good info. i really like the information that WHO provides. I hope this helps someone out.

  9. Megan permalink
    06/04/2017 5:17 pm

    Depression is something that so many people deal with. It surprises me that it is still so taboo to talk about. I’m glad that there is more awareness!

  10. Hey Sharonoox permalink
    06/04/2017 6:57 pm

    I see more and more people are more open to talk about depression these days. Agree that people suffering from depression have to seek help. Talking to psychologist and medication definitely help keep depression at bay. This is a great post that will be useful for many.

  11. Amanda Love permalink
    06/04/2017 7:25 pm

    I suffer from anxiety and depression and I think it’s important that we raise awareness on this. People often would judge you, call you lazy, pathetic, overly dramatic, sensitive, without thinking if you’re suffering from a mental illness or not. It’s not seen so they think you’re functioning well when you’re not.

  12. Michelle Waller permalink
    06/04/2017 8:21 pm

    Depression is an ugly thing. I am glad that there is a day about it. Hopefully others will understand depression is real and talking about it helps.

  13. Heidi permalink
    06/04/2017 8:43 pm

    Depression is such a serious issue, and it is everywhere! It makes me so sad when people look down on someone because they are on medication for anxiety or depression. Those are diseases just like diabetes or cancer. No one would criticize a diabetic for taking medication, so why is there a stigma for someone with a chemical imbalance taking medication to correct it?

  14. mozeci permalink
    07/04/2017 1:22 am

    Depression is modern age disease number one! Ant what’s even worse, a lot of people doesn’t seam to notice or care about their depressed loved ones. I’m aware how difficult the struggle with it is, and hope that the awareness will rise.

  15. duffelbagspouse permalink
    07/04/2017 1:34 am

    I believe its common. Having gone through a brief one earlier this year. It can immobilize you, numb you and blind you to the beauty, hope and love all around you.

  16. Leo T. Ly permalink
    07/04/2017 5:19 am

    This is a very informative post. I think that you are right that depression can affect anyone. From time to time, I do feel depressed as the grind in my daily live is somewhat monotonous. Fortunately, I recently found a therapeutic way to battle my depression. I write for my blog and it made me happy to be able to do what i truly enjoy.

  17. kim permalink
    07/04/2017 7:57 am

    Wow I was not aware that depression is the second most leading death for young adults. Depression is certainly a disease to take seriously!!

  18. Bhushavali permalink
    07/04/2017 8:22 am

    Of late, the awareness about depression in India in increasing with several celebs talking about it!

  19. lex permalink
    07/04/2017 9:54 am

    find it easy to read this one, health day talks are so important and most times i wish i get so involved in the but most times i dont, now its good you made this. like always i love your reads and images.

  20. MyYellowApron permalink
    07/04/2017 12:33 pm

    8 out of 10 folks suffer from some level of depression but no one wants to talk about it. We should all come out and discuss in open, so that, we can help each other.

  21. jennifer L permalink
    08/04/2017 4:31 pm

    I have friends and family who deal with depression and its definitely tough. But it’s important to create a support system.

  22. Kat Centeno permalink
    08/04/2017 7:26 pm

    Depression is something that should not be taken lightly. Seeking professional help is important. Having a support group would also help.

  23. Suruchi permalink
    09/04/2017 12:10 am

    Depression is killing many of us and there are only few who like to talk and discuss about it openly. I liked the way you brought this topic up on world health day. Real applauses and share it enough so please has the courage to fight and get out of it.

  24. Pooja Kawatra Gupta permalink
    09/04/2017 4:15 am

    I have actually came across few close one who suffered from depression and it was quite difficult for them to come of it. Most of the time they just seclude themselves.

  25. GD Blog permalink
    09/04/2017 9:43 pm

    This is a great reminder for anyone who seeks help when they’re depressed. First people to go is family, next will be friends. But if they’re holding back to ask help from them due to some reasons, they need to ask help from any “help lines”.

  26. Tiffany Yong permalink
    10/04/2017 2:03 am

    Awareness is very important. Many people aren’t aware of the fact that they’ve gotten Depression until it gets really really serious! Depression is real~ yet at the same time, man should also learn to handle stress and pressure!

  27. Sondra Barker permalink
    10/04/2017 7:11 pm

    Depression is a very touchy subject, but is very important to talk about. So many people suffer from depression and feel as though there is no way out. It is so important that they know there’s help out there. Great post!

  28. Hannah Marie permalink
    11/04/2017 8:16 am

    I have depression and it’s not easy. a support group and blogging is helpful because I don’t feel ashamed or alone.

  29. Wanderlust Vegans permalink
    12/04/2017 1:03 pm

    I think it is great that you addressed depression today. This is a topic that seems to be taboo.. We need to help those who suffer from depression and let them know it is okay.

  30. Jazz (@JazzOnTheRun) permalink
    12/04/2017 6:59 pm

    This is a big deal and should be made aware to EVERYONE. Including those who aren’t dealing with depression as they can be of help to family and friends who suffer from it.

  31. Angela Ricardo Bethea permalink
    13/04/2017 11:43 pm

    Depression is real. Some people prefer not to acknowledge just because they don’t understand. I wish more and more people would open their eyes to this deadly situation. Thank you for sharing this beautiful motivational post.

  32. Evelyn Reese permalink
    02/05/2017 8:12 pm

    Depression is very real for all races and cultures. Some cultures tend to push it under a rug and deny it is happening, which only causes more damage. Thank you for the post.

  33. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    13/11/2019 1:36 pm

    Depression I think has become a worldwide phenomenon that everyone should take it more seriously.


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