This years’ celebrations of people affected by depression and exposure to extreme stress levels happens on 12th June.
This year’s appreciation of depression overcomers precedes the Mental Health Month, that is May. Also, June doubling up as Men’s Health Month should be of special interest, especially seeing the recent inhumane actions of our men against the fairer gender – our sisters, which was paradoxically involving love. This calls for a keen relook at some of the issues that drive humanity to the core – exposing these cannibalistic tendencies.
This year’s theme is anchored around compassion, with healing, guidance and provision as the key goals of the celebration.
The rallying call for this year is “Shall We? #OneLastTime”
As we look forward to bridging relationships, love and reconnecting with lost friends, let’s remember the ones on the edge, the dying souls not certain about making it one more day.
World Depression Day is observed worldwide on June 12 through local, regional and national World Depression Day commemorative events and programs. Activities include:
Officials World Depression Day remembrance of all victims.
Public service announcements and press statements.
Educational lectures and the distribution of research papers on depression and mental health issues.
Awards to individuals or organizations who made significant contributions in managing depression issues.
This Year’s World Depression Day Campaign, #OneLastTime, is an initiative of All Around Africa (AAA) and Mzuka Kibao. The (partner organization) is another organization that is proactive in promoting World Happy Depression Day.
World Depression Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.
Depression affects people from all walks of life, no matter what their background. It can affect people of all ages as well.
300 million people around the world have depression, according to the World Health Organization
Nearly 50 percent of all people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder
It’s estimated that 15 percent of the adult population will experience depression at some point in their lifetime.
According to WHO, mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which people realize their own potential, can cope with normal life stresses, can work productively, and can contribute to their community.
Unfortunately, there’s still a stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and some people view disorders such as depression as a weakness. But, similar to the way anyone can develop certain physical health issues, mental health issues aren’t always preventable.
Understanding the latest depression statistics could increase awareness about mental health. Recognizing how widespread it is could also help reduce the stigma—which might encourage more people to seek treatment.