On average, 1 in 10 people globally have suffered from major depressive disorders at least once in their lifetime. WHO estimates that 322 million people of all ages suffer from depression in the world and, in China, more than 54 million people suffer from depression.
Depression is a treatable condition. Too often, however, depression goes unreported and untreated. Persistent stigma associated with depression and other mental health conditions are frequently cited as barriers to accessing appropriate treatment services.
“It is simply unacceptable that people who are already struggling with depression should feel stigmatized or blamed for their condition,” said Dr. Bernhard Schwartländer, WHO Representative in China. “This is a clearly diagnosable medical condition, and it is treatable. We must remove the stigma and the shame, by actively and openly supporting our friends and family members who are experiencing depression.”