World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization, provides us with a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme of our 2017 World Health Day campaign is depression. 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.
Western Pacific Region.
Advocacy materials on depression
World Health Day materials
HQ campaign webpage
Feature stories and news releases
- mhGAP Intervention Guide for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in non-specialized health settings version 2.0
- mhGAP module Assessment Management of Conditions Specifically Related to Stress
- Group Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) for Depression
- Thinking Healthy: A manual for psychological management of perinatal depression
- Preventing suicide: a global imperative
- Safer access to pesticides for suicide prevention: Experiences from community interventions
- Preventing suicide: a community engagement toolkit
- Psychological first aid
- Problem Management Plus (PM+): Individual psychological help for adults impaired by distress in communities exposed to adversity