Yoga, traditional values can help beat depression, says President

Apr 08, 2017, 06:31
Yoga, traditional values can help beat depression, says President

"Urbanization and modern day living were among the factors that lead to depression", Ubial said during the World Health Day 2017 press conference.

"Developing community-based services which focus on depression and talk out against stigma will encourage more people to seek treatment".

The WHO has supported Kenya to develop and implement the country's mental health policy.

One of the first steps is to address issues around prejudice and discrimination.

"The continuing stigma associated with mental illness was the reason why we chose to name our campaign Depression: let's talk", explains Dr Shekhar Saxena, WHO's director of the department of mental health and substance abuse.

Increased investment is also needed. "The government should do more to get avenue for people to be educated, create awareness and make facilities available for people to get help they need on mental illness". In poorer countries, fewer than 10% of people with depression may receive adequate treatment.

The board member underscored the importance of assisting those with mental disorders by encouraging them to go for regular health checks and seeking advice for healthy living.

The risk of becoming depressed is increased by poverty, unemployment, life events such as the death of a loved one or a relationship break-up, physical illness and problems caused by alcohol and drug use. Treatment usually involves either a talking therapy or antidepressant medication or a combination of these.

Companies 'unprepared for pay gap reporting'
United Kingdom companies with 250 or more employees will be legally required to publish their gender pay gaps from Thursday. There was also greater proportion of men working in lower-paid and more traditional industries.

The seminar was organised by Jindal Global university in association with the university of Melbourne, Australia, and was attended by academicians and mental health experts from both the countries.

The Department of Psychiatry of Thiruvananthapuram Medical College has launched a campaign to help people detect signs of depression.

World Health Organization warns that failure to act could be costly.

The day is held to mark WHO's founding, and seen as an opportunity by the organisation to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. The DOH is looking into ways to push other government agencies and private employers to do the same. Households lose out financially when people can not work.

With a better state of mind, these workers would be able to regain confidence and be more productive. Governments have to pay higher health and welfare expenditures. They do not add a single moment to our lives but on the contrary reduce our lifespan.

"If we have a problem, we need to raise it".

"The African Region has a critical shortage of qualified professionals for mental health, with just one psychiatrist per one million people and a similar number of psychologists".