World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization and it provides a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world.
The theme of the 2017 World Health Day campaign is depression, which can affect people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. At worst, it can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds. The campaign is paying particular attention to three groups that are disproportionately affected:
- adolescents and young adults
- women of childbearing age (particularly following childbirth)
- adults over 60
Materials targeting these audiences are available in the campaign materials.
For more information about the campaign – Depression, let’s talk – on the who.int website