The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that by 2030, depression will be leading in first place.
Wednesday October 10 was World Mental Health Day, dedicated to ‘Depression: A Global Crisis’.
Depression is a major cause of low quality of life across the world, both for those suffering from it and for the friends and family members involved. Depression can result in family problems, problems at work or in school, relationship difficulties and even child neglect and domestic violence.
Often, people with depression resort to the use of addictive substances such as drugs, alcohol and cigarettes to deal with their low emotional states. The health consequences of substance abuse can deepen the cycle of pain, sadness and distress caused by depression, and also put additional strain on health services.
One million people kill themselves every year across the world, amounting to nearly 1% of all deaths. In addition, 10-20 million people are thought to self-harm.
Less than a quarter of patients receive treatment for their depression – either because they do not have access to sufficient healthcare, or because their medical professionals fail to recognise the symptoms.
Despite efforts to raise awareness and support year after year, stigma surrounding mental health persists and patients are ever reluctant to seek help and support, especially in the workplace. Find out more about the impact of depression in the workplace here.
Depression is characterised by persistent low mood, loss of enthusiasm, lack of enjoyment and noticeable withdrawal from the world. The stigma attached to depression can make the experience feel even more isolating. If you experience these symptoms for more than two weeks, it is important to seek help from a GP. Don’t forget that there is always somebody who wants to help you.
To learn more about depression and to find out how counselling can help, please visit our Depression page.