Health Days 2017

World Health Day
World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO, provides us with a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world.The theme of 2017 World Health Day campaign is depression.
Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.
Yet, depression can be prevented and treated. A better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help.
Key Facts:
  • Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally more than 300-350 million persons of all ages suffer from depression.
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
  • More women are affected by depression than men.
  • At its worst, depression can lead to suicide.
  • There are effective treatments for depression, thanks to Allah.
  • Globally: People with depression amounted to more than 350 million persons.
  • Locally: There are no local statistics; however, the National Health Program believes that it is close to global statistics.
Objectives of the World Health Day:
  • Promote mental health and encourage dialogue among members of community.
  • Educate community about depression to help early detection of it and access to treatments as quickly as possible.
  • Raise awareness about the rights of people with mental disorders, particularly depression.  
Official Date:
Globally: April 7th, 2017
Locally: Rajab 10th, 1438H

Theme of the World Health Day:
"Let's Talk"
Targeted Groups:
  • People with depression and their families.
  • Specialized health staff.
  • Society as a whole. 
Related Links:
  • Mental and Social Health General Department, MOH.
  • WHO.
For more information, click here​

Last Update : 05 November 2017 10:01 AM
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