You might have read that India is today is one of the most depressed countries in the world, but that is not the only problem, the actual problem at hand is our IGNORANCE and LACK OF CONCERN. These are the devils in every story related to depression.

Depression across the World

According to WHO, “Close to 800 000 people die by suicide every year. Furthermore, for each suicide, there are more than 20 suicide attempts.” [Read More]. The 3rd Goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 states “By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being. Within Target 3.4, suicide rate is an indicator (3.4.3) [Read More].

Progress has been made in reducing the global suicide rate (from 12.9 per 100,000 in 2000 to 10.6 per 100,000 in 2016). However, suicide remains the second-highest cause of death among people aged 15 to 29 globally, with 79 per cent of suicides found in low- and middle-income countries in 2016.

Depression In India

A study commissioned by TLLLF is ALARMING on how we perceive mental illness. According to the study [Read Here]

Following feelings exist towards the mentally ill

70% hatred, 65% disgust, 61% annoyed, 54% Anger, 42% fear

Although many are aware about mental illness, there’s also a STIGMA associated with it. Many described a person with mental illness as

0%
Talk to themselves
0%
Depressed
0%
Retard
0%
Crazy/Mad/Stupid

Depression is both a cause and consequence of several non-communicable diseases, substance use disorders and nutritional disorders.

Let’s pledge this World Suicide prevention day to not let IGNORANCE and LACK OF CONCERN affect our Loved ones from illnesses which are very much treatable.Lets make a pact among ourselves to never give a cold shoulder to moist eyes and forced smiles.

Stress is hard and depression can eat up your life. Talk to someone who will listen. Talk to an old friend, family or a qualified counselor.

References:

  1. Charlson FJ, Baxter AJ, Cheng HG, Shidhaye R, Whiteford HA. The burden of mental, neurological, and substance use disorders in China and India: a systematic analysis of community representative epidemiological studies. Lancet. 2016;388:376–89.
  2. Barua A, Ghosh MK, Kar N, Basilio MA. Prevalence of depressive disorders in the elderly. Ann Saudi Med. 2011;31:620–4.
  3. Malhotra S, Das PP. Understanding childhood depression. Indian J Med Res. 2007;125:115. Srinath S, Girimaji SC, Gururaj G, Seshadri S, Subbakrishna DK, Bhola P, et al. Epidemiological study of child & adolescent psychiatric disorders in urban & rural areas of Bangalore, India. Indian J Med Res. 2005;122:67–79.

Useful Resources:

  1. https://www.who.int/mediacentre/multimedia/FAQ/en/
  2. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/04/5-charts-that-reveal-how-india-sees-mental-health/
  3. https://www.iasp.info/wspd2019/
  4. How India perceives Mental Health, TLLLF 2018, National Survey Report: https://www.thelivelovelaughfoundation.org/downloads/TLLLF_2018_Report_How_India_Perceives_Mental_Health.pdf
  5. SDG: https://www.who.int/mental_health/suicide-prevention/SDGs/en/
  6. WHO Data on Suicide: https://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicideprevent/en/
  7. WHO Suicide Prevention Portal: https://www.who.int/health-topics/suicide#tab=tab_1
  8. Infographic: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/mental-health/suicide/infographics-suicide.pdf?sfvrsn=1762d200_2