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Depression: Let’s Talk – World Health Organisation Day 2017

Published on 31 Mar 2017

Every year the World Health Organisation (WHO) celebrates its founding on Friday 7 April with the launch of a new campaign highlighting a health issue. This year the theme is Depression: Let’s Talk.

The Mental Health Commission is taking part in the Depression: Let’s Talk campaign and will be spreading the message via Facebook and Twitter as well as launching a video about the Let’s Talk message on WHO Day.

Depression is a debilitating medical condition that can be experienced by anyone at any time and affects nearly 10 per cent of the world’s population.

In Western Australia approximately 1 in 13 people over the age of 16 experience depression.[1]

While depression can be prevented and treated for a full recovery, nearly 50 per cent of people don’t access any treatment in high-income countries.*

You can start living the Let’s Talk message by making time to talk to friends, family members and colleagues about depression, to encourage people to speak up and acknowledge the health condition.

How you can get involved:

If you need help and are not sure where to start:

Conversation starters:

  • Did you see that story/documentary/article in the news? depression is really common…
  • So many people I know are struggling with mental health, did you know depression affects 7.8% of people?
  • You don’t seem yourself lately, are you OK?
  • Sorry I haven’t been myself lately, I’ve been diagnosed with depression actually, but I’m seeing my GP and it’s getting better.

You can find further information about having the conversation at beyondblue.org.au

You can find the Mental Health Commission at:

  • Facebook: @mentalhealthwa
  • Twitter: @mentalhealthwa
  • LinkedIn: Mental Health Commission of Western Australia
  • mhc.wa.gov.au


[1] Statistic from the 2015 Department of Health's Health and Wellbeing of Adults in Western Australia Report
* The World Health Organisation stated even in high-income countries, nearly 50% of people with depression do not get treatment http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2017/toolkit.pdf?ua=1

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