World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of World Health Organization (WHO). Annually, a specific health topic of concern is mobilised to action to people all over the world.
This year, the focus of the day is Depression: Let’s Talk.
The day is part of a month long campaign with the aim of raising awareness amongst the community about the effects of depression, encouraging those affected to seek help and to be unafraid of speaking about it.
Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.
Yet, depression can be prevented and treated. A better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help.
We encourage you to take charge of your health today! Learn more about staying happy and staying healthy with our programmes!
The university provides an extensive network of support for students. Under the Student Life division, you have direct access to a designated Faculty Student Support Manager (SSM). A support and guide through your academic journey, your SSM connects you to the available resources on campus. Connect with your faculty SSM here.
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