Depression: Let’s Talk – World Health Organisation Day 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.
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:
- Start living the Let’s Talk message by making time to talk to friends, family and colleagues about depression – by doing so you will help increase conversation and encourage more people to seek help
- Download a #LetsTalk poster below and share a photo of yourself and friends, family, team mates or colleagues on social media and use the hashtag #LetsTalk to spread the message and show your support.
#LetsTalk - 1 in 13 Western Australians
#LetsTalk - Post Natal Depression
#LetsTalk - We started the conversation
#LetsTalk - Write your own message
- Follow the Mental Health Commission on Facebook and Twitter for updates and information about the Let’s Talk campaign.
If you need help and are not sure where to start:
- Speak to a friend, family member or other support person to discuss how you are feeling and how they can help you
- Speak to your GP to find what treatment or other supports would be best for you
- Visit the Getting Help section of the Mental Health Commission website to find a service or helpline
- Find out more information about depression by visiting beyondblue, Sane Australia or ReachOut.
- 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
 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