Udupi, Apr 09, 2017: Speaking after inaugurating the World Health Day celebrations organised by the zilla panchayat, Department of Health and Family Welfare and G. Shankar Government First Grade College here. Udupi DC Priyanka Mary Francis said over 300 million people of all ages in the world suffer from depression.
‘It should be caught at germination stage or it will eat you up’.
The theme of this year’s World Health Day is ‘Depression, let’s talk’.
DC Francis said that according to an estimate, nearly 36% of the people in the country are affected by depression. Earlier, the government used to create awareness on diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases. Now the focus has shifted to depression. It is often difficult to identify symptoms of depression, since the affected people appear normal. When people face problems, they should not keep it to themselves and should should share it with their trusted family members, the DC said
She also said that if people cannot reveal their problems to family members, they should approach psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists working at the district government hospital here.
DC Priyanka pointed out that Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone had recently revealed that she too suffered from depression and recovered from it. Her revelation also brought focus on the problem. “Depression should be caught at the germination stage or it will eat you up. Let us talk openly about it,” DC Francis said.
Sheela K. Shetty, vice-president of the ZP, who released pamphlets on depression, said that in the fast-paced grind today, people are subject to all kinds of pressure. Sometimes they succumb to it. Instead, they should learn to tackle pressure and deal with the problems, she said.
Even students face the pressure of studies and competition, and also from parents. They should do yoga and meditation to deal with the stress, she suggested.
District Health and Family Welfare Officer Rohini welcomed the gathering. Dinakar Babu, president of the ZP, inaugurated the programme.