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The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said this in a statement to mark this year's World Health Day in Abuja on Thursday.

Globally, around 350 million people of all ages, from all walks of life, suffer from depression. "Effective treatment is available through talking therapies and antidepressant medications, or a combination of both".

The BPS supports the World Health Organization campaign "Depression: let's Talk" and, with our partners in the European Federation of Psychologists Associations (EFPA), is committed to improving services that both help people with depression and finding ways to prevent depression. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.

The total estimated number of people living with depression increased by 18.4 per cent between 2005 and 2015, it said.

The board member underscored the importance of assisting those with mental disorders by encouraging them to go for regular health checks and seeking advice for healthy living.

Subramaniam said the theme Depression - Let's Talk is aimed at raising awareness on depression in our society, its causes, and factors that lead to suicide. We also know that feeling connected to others in positive ways - through talking and spending time together - lowers the risk of depression and suicide-the most tragic outcome of depression.

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The MOHW's initiative to spread awareness of mental illness will see municipal and city governments join the movement through health campaigns, academic conferences and walking rallies.

Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.

Of more than 600,000 individuals with depression in South Korea, only 15 percent are getting professional treatment, a new mental health survey from the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) revealed yesterday. This scaling up of mental health services and care is crucial, especially for the most vulnerable populations experiencing humanitarian crises, conflict and displacement.

Dr Era Dutta, M.B.B.S, M.D Psychiatry, Consultant Psychiatrist and Life wellness coach, recounts how a well groomed 22-year-old working in a MNC was diagnosed with atypical depression. "It is mostly found in youngster who requires immediate attention and counselling".

On World Health Day, Practo released findings from its Healthcare Map of India highlighting the key mental health concerns in India's top cities. Dr. Sunil Kumar, Consultant, Dept. of Psychiatry, G.B. Pant Hospital, Port Blair will deliver a talk on "Depression" and its associate mental disorders.