World Mental Health Day: Defeating the dog called Depression
To coincide with World Mental Health Day, the World Health Organization have produced an animated video about depression. The short video by Matthew Johnstone, who has written, illustrated and narrated it, features a black dog which serves as a metaphor for the mental disorder. Depression varies in severity, with episodes being classed as mild, moderate or severe.
According to the WHO, depression affects more than 350 million people of all ages and from different backgrounds. Even though there are effective treatments for depression, less than half of those affected across the world receive these treatments.
With the global economic downturn causing jobs losses and putting pressure on people’s incomes, depression and other mental health conditions have been rising, therefore it is now more important than ever to raise awareness and understanding and end stigma associated with mental disorders. Depression is one of the WHO’s top priorities, covered under its Mental Health Gap Action Programme which aims to increase mental health services in all countries across the globe.
The video is a simple but effective insight into the disorder, looking at the emotions and feelings that it can cause. Along with the negative side of depression, the video offers hope and tips to viewers on how to deal with it. The most important thing to remember is that it is a common disorder and that there is help out there.Tagged in: depression, mental health, Wonrld Mental Health Day, World Health Organization
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