World Health Day, originally created to celebrate the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO), is celebrated annually on April 7th. Each year the World Health Organization uses this day as an opportunity to draw attention to various global health issues. The theme for 2017 is Depression: let's talk.
Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts 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. The goal for the 2017 theme Depression: let's talk, is to have more people with depression, in all countries worldwide, both seek and get help for their depression. Be sure to participate in the global conversation on social media using the hashtag #WorldHealthDay or #WHD. Learn about ways you and your community can be involved in World Health Day by visiting the World Health Organization site.
In recognition of World Health Day, OPENPediatrics is pleased to feature Introduction to Break Free From Depression by Vanessa Prosper who discusses the prevalence of adolescent depression in the U.S. This video is also an introduction to our upcoming curriculum, Break Free From Depression. This 4 module curriculum is focused on increasing awareness about adolescent depression designed for use in high school classrooms. The goal of the curriculum is for each participant to achieve comfort and confidence when implementing and teaching Break Free From Depression in their school or community program.
Be sure to check out OPENPediatrics' Break Free From Depression curriculum, which will be published in the coming months.