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7th April, 2017
Bar Bar Pucho: IMA Campaign for mental health 

Depression is a major public health problem globally. Latest estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that "depression is now 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". 

Several factors trigger development of depression: Inability to cope with the fast paced lifestyle of today, stressful events such as psychological trauma, bereavement, financial troubles, unemployment, etc. Then, some chronic illnesses such as diabetes, psoriasis, etc. may be associated with depression. A diagnosis of cancer, a huge life-changing event, may put the affected person in a state of depression.

Depression is common in all age groups and affects people from all walks of life. We have all read about Deepika Padukone, a highly successful actor, who seemingly had a perfect life and lacked for nothing, had to battle depression, right at the peak of her career. 
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10% of the population suffers from depression at any given time
Urgent need to raise mass level awareness about the intrinsic role played by the medical fraternity, family and peers in helping overcome depression

New Delhi, April 6, 2017: As per the WHO, 1 in 4 persons will suffer from a mental disorder in their lifetime and 10% of the population suffers from depression at any given point. Unfortunately unlike other diseases with evident physical symptoms, people living with depression do not get the necessary help given the strong social stigma attached to the condition. The need of the hour is to raise mass level awareness about how the medical fraternity, caregivers and peers can help mental health sufferers.
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