The theme of World Health day, this year being “Depression: Lets’ talk” Parul Institute of Public Health and Parul Sevashram Hospital carried out many innovative activities.
The prevalence of Mental disorders especially Depression is on an alarming rise specially in youth and streamlining Mental disorders like other diseases and reducing stigma associated with these disorders is need of the hour.
Some alarming facts and figures show that
About 4.5 % of people suffer from Depression in India; 36 % are likely to suffer from Major depression at some point in their lives. Unfortunately half of those with severe mental disease are not treated. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents.
The Objective of all the activities carried by Parul University was to convince people that mental disorders should be treated like any other physical disorders. The onset of activities was marked by an inauguration programme on 30th April in Parul University following which Programmes were conducted in seven villages of Waghodia, Taluka.
Also, handbook with description of Depression and its related signs, symptoms, complications was prepared by students of Public Health in vernacular language and distributed amongst the people. Finally on the day of World Health Day on 7th April, a final event with summation and report presentation will be carried out .World Health Day - 2017 Report