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WHO Press Conference
Date: 23 February 2017
10:30 - 11:15
Organization: WHO
Location: Press Room 1
Subject: Latest Data on prevalence of depression and the world health organization's "Depression: Let's talk" Campaign



Latest Data on prevalence of depression and the world health organization's "Depression: Let's talk" Campaign

In the lead-up to World Health Day on 7 April, which this year will focus on depression, WHO is releasing new global health estimates on depression.

Depression is an illness that affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It is the largest single contributor to global disability.

The number of people living with depression is increasing, with an increase of 18% between 2005 and 2015. Low levels of recognition and access to care for depression and anxiety lead to an estimated global economic loss of a trillion US dollars every year. Stigma associated with depression remains high.

During the briefing, Dr Dan Chisholm, one of the authors of the document, will provide details of the prevalence of depression, at global and regional levels and by sex and age. He will also provide details about the World Health Day campaign “Depression: let’s talk”, that was launched on World Mental Health Day 2016 and will last for one year.

  • Dr Dan Chisholm, Health Systems Adviser, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO

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