Here are some facts about Depression –* 20% of young people will have experienced significant depressive symptoms by the time they reach adulthood * At any point in time up to 5% of young people will experience depression serious enough to warrant treatment * 1 in 4 women suffer from depression * 1 in 6 men suffer from depression * Depression related suicides rates are 4 times higher in men than women * 121 million people suffer from depression (worldwide) * Untreated depression is the no 1 cause of suicide * Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in teenagers
And the saddest of all –*2/3 of depression sufferers never seek treatment
I can’t help but think that the reason so many people don’t seek help is that they are scared of the stigma related to depression. So how do we get rid of an unwarranted stigma?? What part does education have to play??
Here are some sites that are doing good things for sufferers of this and other related mental illnesses.