Telemedicine can fill in for mental health professionals' shortage: Mukherjee

Posted April 09, 2017

However, such training may not be for everyone who has depression, depending on the severity of the condition.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged the Kenyan government to support mental health programs by allocating adequate human and financial resources to combat mental disorders.

Qatar joined the worldwide community to mark World Health Day (WHD), which is commemorated each year on April 7.

The estimates were released in the lead-up to World Health Day on 7 April, the high point in WHO's year-long campaign "Depression: let's talk".

In spite of these warnings, not all news is bad news.

In celebrating the World Health Day and this year's global health awareness theme focusing on depression, the biggest cause of ill health and disability, Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah called on people living in depression to seek and to get help.

What Is Depression All About?

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Depression is a common condition, characterised by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities that you normally enjoy, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness, and poor concentration.

Mental illness or depression remains a taboo in society but we need to find out the causes and deal with the patients like normal people if we want to overcome the illness.

While speaking with India Today Education, Anuja Kapur, Delhi-based psychologist, says that there are many levels to depression and it is not the first thing.

What should be the first step that can be taken to deal with depression?

With the aim to mobilize action on depression, this year's World Health Day campaign theme is "Depression: let's talk".

On average, just 3 per cent of government health budgets is invested in mental health, varying from less than 1% in low-income countries to 5 per cent in high-income countries. But despite it being so commonplace, not many of us know how to support a friend, family member or loved one who is suffering from depression. Suicide claims the lives of more than 500 people every day in the WHO's Western Pacific region. More than 300 million people globally experience the mental health condition, yet almost half of them don't get treatment. Seek further help from the emergency services or a health-care professional. Controlling of eating habits can help them relieve pressure. You may not be able to accomplish as much as you do usually.