Friday, October 5, 2012

[EQ] Depression A Global Public Health Concern - World Mental Health Day - 10 October 2012

World Mental Health Day - 10 October 2012



World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services. This year the theme for the day is “Depression: A Global Crisis”.


Depression affects more than 350 million people of all ages, in all communities, and is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease. Although there are known effective treatments for depression, access to treatment is a problem in most countries and in some countries fewer than 10% of those who need it receive such treatment….

Depression A Global Public Health Concern

Developed by Marina Marcus, M. Taghi Yasamy, Mark van Ommeren, and Dan Chisholm, Shekhar Saxena

WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

“……Depression is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease and affects people in all communities across the world. Today, depression is estimated to affect 350 million people. The World Mental Health Survey conducted in 17 countries found that on average about 1 in 20 people reported having an episode of depression in the previous year.

 Depressive disorders often start at a young age; they reduce people’s functioning and often are recurring. For these reasons, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide in terms of total years lost due to disability. The demand for curbing depression and other mental health conditions is on the rise globally….”


Related links

Public health action for the prevention of suicide
WHO, 2012

WHO World Mental Health Day 2012
Fact sheet:

The World Federation for Mental Health WFMH– Website:

WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme, mhGAP

WHO Resolution WHA65.4
The global burden of mental disorders and the need for a comprehensive, coordinated response from health and social sectors at the country level”


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