How to support a loved one who has depression

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According to the Ministry of Health, depression is the strongest risk factor for suicide and in 2016, the male to female ratio for deaths by suicide in Belize was four to one.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.

Tijani stated that this year's theme: "Depression, let's talk", was chosen by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to draw the world's attention to the global burden of this common mental disorder.

The seminar entitled "Depression: Let's talk about what we all should know" was organised by Jindal Global University in association with the University of Melbourne, Australia, and was attended by academicians and mental health experts from both the countries.

"This year's World Health Day reminds us that there can be no health without mental health".

The disorder can cause mental anguish and impact a person's ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks.

"At worst, depression can lead to self-injury and suicide", he said in a statement today.

The CDC says depression is characterized by persistent sadness and sometimes irritability.

"A better understanding of depression and how it can be treated, while essential, is just the beginning". Worldwide, over 300 million people are living with depression.

Overcoming the stigma often associated with depression will lead to more people getting help.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is using the opportunity of World Health Day to encourage people to talk about depression. We also shall continue to strive towards the promotion of healthier standards of living and the implementation of programmes that enhance health indices of the society, particularly those of youth.

President Pranab Mukhrjee on Friday said telemedicine can effectively bridge the gap caused due to severe shortage of mental health professionals in India.

The regional director said depression varied by age, peaking in older adults aged 55 to 74 years but also occurring in children and adolescents.

Udoh said that appropriate mental and physical health care, along with regular monitoring and psychological and social support can make a big difference.

Within the WHO's European region, in 2015 Ukraine had the highest percentage of its population suffering from a depressive disorder, at 6.3%, whilst Iceland and Kyrgyzstan had the lowest rates, at 4.1%. The World Health Organization has also eradicated a number of fatal diseases since it's inception in 1948.