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Let's talk about depression on World Health Day

07 April 2017

Today is World Health Day and with estimates of 300 million people worldwide living with depression the BPS, with our European partners, support the World Health Organisation (WHO) campaign to encourage people everywhere to talk about their problems and emotions.

According to the latest estimates from WHO there have been large increases in the numbers of people living with depression between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.

The BPS supports the WHO campaign 'Depression: let’s Talk' and, with our partners in the European Federation of Psychologists Associations (EFPA), is committed to improving services that both help people with depression and finding ways to prevent depression. 

Dr Tony Wainwright, based in Exeter University, BPS representative and Convenor of the EFPA Board of Prevention and Intervention said:

“We strongly support the WHO campaign “Depression: let’s Talk” as it highlights the dual message that talking is a first step to getting help, and that talking about your difficulties can help overcome them. Telling someone you trust that you are feeling down is a good start in getting help and moving towards recovery.”

“However, talking is not the whole story. While we know quite a lot about how to prevent depression and indeed how best to prevent it recurring, we still don’t know enough. We need to identify ways to prevent depression crossing generations by providing effective approaches for families and in schools. We know there are risk factors – social isolation, loneliness, childhood experiences of abuse and neglect, bullying and many others. These can be important places for policy makers to ensure that resources are available and services in place.”

Find out more about the EFPA Board of Prevention and Intervention.

You can also read BPS President Professor Peter Kinderman's blog in which he welcomes and endorses in the strongest terms the statement of the United Nations Special Rapporteur, Mr. Dainius Pūras, on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.



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