It is time to share some light for WORLD DEPRESSION DAY on 12th June – #ComeOutTime.

The second annual World Depression Day is on June 12th, 2020.

An initiative of All Around Africa and Mzuka Kibao, the yearly celebration of people affected by depression, anxiety, and exposure to extreme stress levels happens on 12th June.  

Like last year’s commemorations, this year’s appreciation of depression and anxiety overcomers precedes the Mental Health Month, that is May.

This time, the focus shifts to the younger generation of youths and teenagers, as recent research shows the extremity of their battle with anxiety in absolute silence, hardly getting any form of outlet.

Following last year’s theme of compassion, with healing, guidance and provision as the key goals of the celebration, this year’s event is anchored around encouragement and assurance.

The rallying call for this year is “Ready? #ComeOutTime”

With the rallying call encouraging people affected to come out and shine again, the yearly event aims to spread a blanket of love and compassion on those who have endured the loneliness and stigma associated with mental health and trauma.

As we look forward to uplifting each other, bridging relationships, love and reconnecting with lost friends, let’s remember the ones who spread their arms for us to land on, during the hard times.

World Depression Day is observed worldwide on June 12 through local, regional and national World Depression Day commemorative events and programs. Activities include:

  • Officials World Depression Day remembrance & celebration of those affected.
  • Public service announcements and press statements.
  • Educational lectures and the distribution of research papers on depression and mental health issues.
  • Awards to individuals or organizations who made significant contributions in managing depression issues.

World Depression Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

This year’s celebrations are as a result of partnerships with Coconut Sakura, Batoz Media Africa, Billionare Studios, The Big Brothers Entertainment alongside founders Mzuka Kibao and All Around Africa.

Background

Depression affects people from all walks of life, no matter what their background is. It can affect people of all ages as well.

300 million people around the world have depression, according to the World Health Organization

Nearly 50 percent of all people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder

It’s estimated that 15 percent of the adult population will experience depression at some point in their lifetime.

According to WHO, mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which people realize their own potential, can cope with normal life stresses, can work productively, and can contribute to their community.

Unfortunately, there’s still a stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and some people view disorders such as depression as a weakness. But, similar to the way anyone can develop certain physical health issues, mental health issues aren’t always preventable.

Understanding the latest depression statistics could increase awareness about mental health. Recognizing how widespread it is could also help reduce the stigma—which might encourage more people to seek treatment.

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