World Health Day 2017 (7th April)

To mark the anniversary of the World Health Organisation (WHO) being founded in 1948, World Health Day is celebrated on the 7th April each year.

The World Health Organisation (WHO)

WHO is the leading global health authority within the United Nations System. Their work is varied but can mostly be summarised through their six point agenda:
  • Promoting development
  • Fostering health security
  • Strengthening health systems
  • Harnessing information, research and evidence
  • Enhancing partnerships
  • Improving performance
WHO use the anniversary of their founding not merely as an opportunity to celebrate the organisation and their work, but also as an opportunity to highlight and raise awareness of a major global health concern, with this year being dedicated to depression. Depression is non-discriminate; affecting 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 of everyday tasks, which can eventually lead to devastating consequences on relationships and an individual’s ability to work and function.  

The campaigns core

The theme “Depression: let’s talk” recognises that around 50% of cases of major depression still go unresolved, despite being a treatable condition. The campaign highlights the high personal, social and economic costs for the large proportion of people who are not receiving any treatment, despite the availability of cheap and effective care, and the importance of overcoming this challenge. At the core of the campaign is the importance of talking about depression as a vital component of recovery. The stigma surrounding mental illness, including depression, remains a barrier to people seeking help throughout the world. Talking about depression and raising awareness can ensure a better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated; in turn reducing the stigma associated with the condition and leading to more people seeking help.  

Here to help!

Whilst World Health Day sees depression highlighted on an international, regional and local scale, depression for some will be a prominent factor in their everyday life. If you believe that you or someone you know could be experiencing depression or any other health issue then help is available via the Health Assured helpline, for professional support via the online health and wellbeing portal or through the mobile App, Health-e-Hub.

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