It’s World Health Day: Reach out to someone fighting depression

Day 97 of #LiveWell2017

Depression is an epidemic around the world today. More than 300 million people are suffering from this debilitating disease – the leading cause of illness and disability on earth. Depression is no fun. I’ve suffered it myself and so have others in my family. It takes a toll on everyone. While the majority who suffer live in low- to middle-income countries, it affects those in wealthy countries as well. Refugees – such as those suffering in Syria and other places in the Middle East and Africa – are among the most depressed in the world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated today, April 7, 2017, as World Health Day and asks people across the globe to reach out to those suffering from depression. If you know a friend, family member, co-worker, or neighbor who is depressed (or that you expect may be depressed), today is a good day to reach out and have a talk.

Not sure how to do that? Check out these excellent resources from the WHO.

When I had depression, I was lucky to have family that stuck by me and talked to me and helped me work through it. Seeking out a good mental health counselor is important, too. Of course, mindfulness and meditation can be effective daily practices, too, along with spending time in nature, eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep.

Let’s help each other heal. Reach out today. #LiveWell2017

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