7 April 2017: The World Health Organisation, (WHO), is leading a one-year global campaign on depression. The highlight is World Health Day 2017, which was celebrated on 7 April. The goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help. Depression is the leading cause of ill-health and disability worldwide. More than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.
At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Many of these individuals who live with depression, and their families, are afraid to talk about their struggles and don’t know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognising depression and seeking help is the first and most critical steps towards recovery.
In collaboration with WHO to mark World Mental Health Day, writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tell the story of overcoming the “black dog of depression”.
‘I had a black dog, his name was depression’ video.
Where to get help in South Africa:
Adcock Ingram Depression and Anxiety Helpline: 0800 70 80 90.
ADHD Helpline: 0800 55 44 33
Akeso Psychiatric Response Unit 24 Hour: 0861 435 787
Department of Social Development Substance Abuse 24 Hour Helpline: 0800 12 13 14 or SMS 32312
Dr Reddy’s Helpline: 0800 21 22 23
Pharmadynamics Police & Trauma Line: 0800 20 50 26
SADAG Mental Health Line: 011 234 4837
Suicide Crisis Line: 0800 567 567 or SMS 31393