In a press statement released on Friday, Romania’s Presidential Administration says it is joining the “Depression: let’s talk” camping on April 7, World Health Day, to help erase stigma surrounding mental illness and raise awareness of the depression sufferers needing to seek specialist help.
April 7 was made the World Health Day to mark the establishment of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1948. Each year is devoted to a theme reflecting a priority area of public health, with depression having been selected for 2017.
According to WHO, more than 300 million people are suffering from depression, with a significant rise in their number having been reported over the past years.
As of end-2015, there were 42,000 new cases of depression detected in Romania, with the country ranked 29th among the 30 countries included in the analysis against the Mental Health Integration Index.
“These statistics do not accurately reflect reality, because many of those struggling with depression go undiagnosed and have no access to treatment,” the Presidential Administration says.