"Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide," according to a WHO press release, which also reveals that 300 million people are now living with depression, up 18 percent since 2005.
"These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to rethink their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves," says WHO director-general, Margaret Chan, MD.
"These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to rethink their approaches to mental health."
Depression and anxiety don't discriminate. It affects everyone: young and old, men and women, and every race. The WHO points out that even in high-income countries, 50 percent of people with depression don't seek treatment.
Fortunately, more people are speaking out about living with depression and anxiety, including a large number of celebrities, like Selena Gomez and Kristen Bell. And the wellness world is focused on highlighting holistic ways that truly help, including eating mood-boosting foods, acupuncture, mindfulness, and supplements. Depression is undeniably a worldwide crisis—which makes the mental health realness we're seeing everywhere, from celebs to your co-workers, such a welcome trend.
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