Depression is the main cause of 128,000 suicides per year in the WHO European Region

10 April 2017

Depression provokes a steady sense of sadness and affects the ability to function successfully at work, at studies or at home.

This year, World Health Day, celebrated on April 7, was dedicated to combating depression. The campaign is called "Depression: let’s talk". Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) say that having a heart-to- heart conversation with a person you trust is the first step to getting rid of depression.

Today, some 300 million people suffer from depression worldwide. This mental disorder deprives a person of the opportunity to function normally and can even lead to suicide. From 2005 to 2015, the number of people with depression around the world increased by 18 percent.

People of all ages, all population categories and all countries suffer from depression. This is a common mental illness characterized by persistent melancholy and loss of interest in what usually gives pleasure to people, as well as the inability to perform everyday activities for 14 or more days.

Depression can even lead to suicide, which today is the second key death factor among young people aged 15–29.

The WHO Regional Office for Europe reported that depression is the leading cause for the 128 000 suicide deaths that occur each year in the WHO European Region.

"Although depression can be treated and prevented, at least 75% of all people suffering from major depression do not receive adequate treatment," said WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab.

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