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Africa contributes about 30 million to the global figure, the agency also stated.

World Health Organization representative Yel Daravuth said everyone needs to be aware that depression is an illness so sufferers seek treatment such as counseling.

Observed on April 7 every year, World Health Day provides a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. Many Belizeans of all ethnic groups are affected by depression.

Moeti noted that 2017 celebration is created to draw attention to the global burden of this common mental disorder. "Depression can be managed and overcome", said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO Southeast Asia, in a statement. Medical experts have also said that with the rise in sedentary lifestyle among youngsters, infertility is also becoming a major reason for depression. 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. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.

Some 3.6 million Vietnamese are suffering from depression, accounting for four per cent of the total population, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said on Friday.

In his message, the governor said that depression was an illness that could happen to people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all the countries.

It is equally important that the patient seeks help when depressed, added Dr Bekedam.

You can also go to your local health centre and ask for information on mental health support. The programme is a mega-hit among the listeners, thus the Prime Minister talking about depression in detail will definitely help to break the silence surrounding the issue.

"People experiencing depression often find a range of evidence-based coping mechanisms useful, from talking to someone they trust to exercising regularly or staying connected with loved ones".

Yim Sobotra, the head of mental health and substance abuse at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital, said a person with depression can be identified by symptoms such as loss of interest or pleasure in life, decreased energy, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, hopelessness, insomnia and a lack of appetite.

For depressive disorders, World Health Organization said total Years Lived with Disability (YLD) in India was 1,00,504,11 which was 7.1 per cent of total YLD, for anxiety disorders, total years for YLD was 35,19,527 which was 2.5 per cent of total YLD. Left untreated, depression can be recurrent, long-lasting and debilitating.

"The mental health workforce of psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists and social workers is woefully inadequate".

"The Government of Canada will continue to help communities address their unique mental health challenges and to work together with the WHO to promote mental health and our collective well-being". He pointed out that traditional Indian values along with our family system, can be good mechanisms to support those who suffer from mental health disorders. Effective treatments for moderate and severe depression are available, and the earlier a person receives help, the better the prognosis for recovery.

World Health Assembly was held first time in the year 1948 in Geneva, Switzerland by the WHO where it was made a decision to commemorate the World Health Day annually on April 7.

The Mental Health Act, sponsored by former Senate committee on health chair Ana Theresia Hontiveros-Baraquel, would include mental health services as part of the nation's national health system.

"The Brazzaville Declaration on Non-communicable Diseases states the necessary steps for achieving this".


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