WHO felt that the stigma surrounding mental illness, including depression, remained a barrier to people seeking help throughout the world.
Depression causes mental anguish and can impact on people's ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends.
The country representative noted that at worst, depression can lead to suicide which is now the second leading cause of death among young adults aged 15-29 years.
He said "we should strive for early recognition of depression, provide treatment and help in preventing suicides". The campaign Depression.Let's Talk aims to help individuals who are suffering to seek and get help. One of the important components (for treatment) is to talk, discuss and express feelings to the person you trust the most, which can be the first step towards recovery. According to a survey conducted by the United Nations over 300 million people around the world suffer from one or the other form of depression.
Globally, 322 million people were estimated to be suffering from depression in 2015, equivalent to 4.3 per cent of the world's population. Even where services are available, stigma prevents many people from accessing them.
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Medical experts have also said that with the rise in sedentary lifestyle among youngsters, infertility is also becoming a major reason for depression. If the proper mental health treatment is not available, there is a economic loss globally of a trillion USA dollars each year.
World Health Organization has also launched an online application as well as a Facebook page to allow people to come forward and share the problems that cause depression in their healthy state. It's not your fault if you are depressed; it is as much of a physical problem as a broken arm is.
As you see, depression can be treated.
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. "On average, just 3% of government health budgets is invested in mental health, varying from less than 1% in low-income countries to 5% in high-income countries", says WHO.
She urged the public to change their thinking about mental ill health as having to do with madness among others.