Today, April 7th, is the World Health Organization’s World Health Day 2017, and this year it marks the culmination of the WHO’s one-year global campaign on depression.
The aim of this campaign — which I must say I 100% support — is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help.
According to the WHO, depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.
The leading cause.
More than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.
That’s one heck of a rise, in just ten years, and it means that around 1 in 23 people in the world are suffering at any one time.
A few years ago, my writer and illustrator friend Matthew Johnstone made this delightful short video in collaboration with the WHO, designed to explain how depression can feel.
So if, like me, you are – or have been – the “1”, please gently pass it on to some of the other 22.
Thankfully, not everyone will suffer.
But it’s important that as many as possible understand.
PS — Thanks very much to blogger Francesca Baker for her recent post about “Nudge Your Way to Happiness.” Here’s what she had to say.