Nigerians Are Most Depressed in Africa, Says WHO

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"A better understanding of what it is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma around it and encourage people to seek help".

Every year on April 7, the World Health Organisation (WHO) organises World Health Day in celebration of its founding.

Cambodians lack awareness of depression and have negative views of people with mental illnesses in comparison with other countries in the region, according to a Health Ministry report.

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.

"All over the world, 800,000 people die because of suicide every year and this converts into a death every 40 seconds", said Saxena.

She said that if left untreated, the most severe form of depression can lead to suicide and asked communities to openly talk about the syndrome to prevent hardships and precious lives being cut short.

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UQ colleague Dr Alize Ferrari said the number of people living with depression increased 18.4 per cent in the decade to 2015, particularly in lower income countries. That is why, working with provinces and territories, we have committed $5 billion over the next ten years to support mental health initiatives, so that more Canadians can get the help they need.

Chennai: Depression, which is the leading cause of disability worldwide, is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease (WHO, 2017). The 300 million people now battling depression is an increase of more than 18 percent from rates reported from 2005 to 2015.

From being some of the happiest people on earth, Nigerians have slumped to the rank of the most depressed in Africa.

"The roles played by family members, friends and colleagues are also important to help those living in depression". It's not your fault if you are depressed; it is as much of a physical problem as a broken arm is.

Medicare helps cover outpatient and inpatient mental health care, as well as partial hospitalization and screenings for depression.

"These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves", said WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan. A key distinction is also made between depression in people who have or do not have a history of manic episodes. "This reflects political commitment at the highest level to effectively address mental health issues", Bekedam said.

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