Celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO), World Health Day this year is all about 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.
In Australia, it's estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety (source: beyond blue).
Talking about depression, whether with a family member, friend or medical professional; in larger groups, for example in schools, the workplace and social settings; or in the public domain, in the news media, blogs or social media, helps break down this stigma, ultimately leading to more people seeking help.