Today is World Health Day. In having nonprofit clients such as the International Bipolar Foundation, we know that there is still a stigma associated with depression. The theme for 2017 World Health Day is depression to promote discussion and more people seeking treatment for this serious condition. At the core of the campaign is the importance of talking about depression as a vital component of recovery. The stigma surrounding mental illness, including depression, remains a barrier to people seeking help throughout the world.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the overall goal of World Health Day is that more people with depression, in all countries, seek and get help. WHO is hoping that the general public is better informed about depression, its causes and possible consequences, including suicide, and what help is or can be available for prevention and treatment. It is important that people with depression seek help and that family, friends and colleagues of people living with depression are able to provide support.


The primary hashtag WHO is using to spread the message is #LetsTalk, but they also encourage you to use #depression and #mentalhealth as well. They are encouraging everyone to join in on the discussion and share their stories on social media to alleviate the stigma.