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The Action Plan’s overall goal is to promote mental well-being, prevent mental disorders, provide care, enhancerecovery, promote human rights and reduce the mortality, morbidity and disability for persons with mentaldisorders. It focuses on 4 key objectives to:strengthen effective leadership and governance for mental health;provide comprehensive, integrated and responsive mental health and social care services in community-based settings;implement strategies for promotion and prevention in mental health; andStrengthen information systems, evidence and research for mental health.Particular emphasis is given in the Action Plan to the protection and promotion of human rights, thestrengthening and empowering of civil society and to the central place of community-based care.In order to achieve its objectives, the Action Plan proposes and requires clear actions for governments,international partners and for WHO. Ministries of Health will need to take a leadership role, and WHO will workwith them and with international and national partners, including civil society, to implement the plan. As there isno action that fits all countries, each government will need to adapt the Action Plan to its specific nationalcircumstances.Understanding depressionMental health is one of the most important issues that needs to be addressed. There seems to be a prevalent epidemicof depression. Studies show that it has been around for centuries.There used to be stigma when someone had a form of mental or psychological disorder. People only whispered about orsuppressed the problem. Now it is openly discussed.After a series of high-profile incidents of suicide, people wonder how to recognize and deal with it.“Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects a person’s emotions, thinking and behavior,” Dr. Ma. TeresaGustilo-Villasor explained in her recent lecture. “Major depressive disorder is also known as clinical depression.”The individual feels miserable, lonely, let down. Unfortunately, it has claimed many lives — both young and middle-aged.“If you know someone who is depressed, please resolve never to ask them why…Depression just is, like the weather. Tryto understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they are going through…. It’s hard to be a friend tosomeone who is depressed, but it is one of the kindest noblest and best things you will ever do.” — Stephen FryA chart shows that the highest percentage of depression affects teenagers and young adults aged 16 to 29. This hasincreased by 50% in the past 60 years.The World Health Organization statistics show that half of the people with mental disorders — anxiety, depression,mood, and thought problems develop at age 14.

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SARAH LAMPERD

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