World Health Day is held on Apr. 7 every year to commemorate the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO), and is an opportunity to focus worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health. each year. In 2017, the global theme is ‘Depression: Let’s Talk,’ raising awareness about how mental health issues affect us all.
Why World Health Day is Important
A. World Health Day helps create awareness and action on a global scale
World Health Day is one of eight official global health campaigns marked by the WHO—acknowledged by various governments and non-governmental organizations with interests in public health, the day is observed with awareness activities and media reports.
B. The conversation about different topics helps everyone live healthier
The different themes from year to year start important conversations about things people can do every day to support their health. A conversation about depression will lead to better understanding of the condition—which can be prevented and treated—and can help reduce the stigma associated with the illness and lead to more people seeking support and treatment.
C. You can better understand your own health
World Health Day can also be an important day to reflect on your own health as it reflects the yearly theme. Has depression touched your life—and what would you like to do differently in the future?
How to Observe World Health Day
1. Check out the WHO website for campaign information
Go to the World Health Day page on the WHO website: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2017/en/ to learn about resources and activities taking place around the world and near you.
2. Organize a conversation in your community about the year's theme
Start your own conversation about living healthier by organizing an event with your friends and neighbors. It can be a powerful way to learn more about each other and strengthen support networks close to home.
3. Educate yourself on the year's theme and share an important stat on social media
Chances are there is a lot about depression you don't know—who is most affected? When is the earliest people show symptoms? What are the tell-tale symptoms? Find out something you didn't know and make sure to tell your friends.