Every year on January 13, World Day Against Depression is celebrated to raise awareness of the mental illness known as depression. The World Federation for Mental Health initiated this international campaign to raise awareness of depression, its symptoms and treatment methods.
January 13 World Day Against Depression
Depression is a severe mental disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It often causes feelings of sadness, hopelessness and worthlessness.
People suffering from depression may also experience difficulty sleeping, lack energy and difficulty concentrating. In severe cases, depression can lead to suicidal thoughts or attempts to take one’s own life.
World Day Against Depression
It aims to create a better public understanding of depression and how it can affect people’s lives. This day provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations working in mental health advocacy to come together and take action in the fight against this disease.
Through events such as depression awareness and education campaigns, people can learn more about depression and how to cope with it in their own lives or the lives of their loved ones.
The first step in managing depression is to recognize its signs and symptoms.
Among the most common symptoms are:
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Lack of energy
- Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Difficulty concentrating and feeling depressed or hopeless
If you recognize any of these signs in yourself or a loved one, it is crucial to ask for help.
Make a plan to manage depression
Be sure to include lifestyle changes, such as getting more sleep, exercising regularly, eating healthy, avoiding drugs and alcohol, limiting caffeine and getting sunshine every day.
Spending time with supportive and caring people can be beneficial. Avoid activities or environments that trigger or worsen symptoms of depression.
Seek professional help if needed
Talk to a therapist or counselor who specializes in treating depression or see your doctor for an evaluation to see if you need medication. Everyone responds differently to treatment, so it is important to find what works best for you or your loved one.
Many self-help strategies have been shown to reduce the severity of depression symptoms, such as mindfulness exercises and deep breathing techniques, which help manage stress and anxiety.
Keeping a journal, which can help you better understand your thoughts and feelings; relaxation techniques such as yoga or progressive muscle relaxation; listening to music; doing creative activities such as drawing or painting; and participating in support groups with others who also struggle with depression.
Depression can feel overwhelming, but there are many ways to manage your symptoms and work toward feeling better every day. Although everyone experiences depression differently, it is possible to get back to feeling better with the right support system.
Depression is treatable
With a combination of medication, therapy, lifestyle changes and support from family and friends. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, it is important to seek professional help immediately.
You can also help by standing in solidarity with those affected, offering unconditional love and acceptance as they work to recover.
Let’s work together on January 13 to commemorate World Depression Day by starting meaningful conversations about this disease and encouraging others who may be struggling with it to seek help.
Together we can make a difference in the fight against this debilitating disease.