«World Health Day 2017 – Depression: let’s talk»
On April 7 in the occasion of World Health Day the Ministry of health of Uzbekistan with support of WHO office organized national conference in Tashkent. The main goal of the meeting was to mark the World Health Day and raise awareness about depression, its causes and possible consequences, including suicide, and what help is or can be available for prevention and treatment. Representatives of national and international partners, including Ministry of health, psychiatrists, general practitioners, medical academia, UN agencies, and journalists attended the conference.
During the opening speech, the deputy of Minister of Health Dr Saydaliyev highlighted the importance of depression as a public health issue and recognized a need for actions to prevent this condition.
Dr Lianne Kuppens in her welcome speech underlined that depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide and called for an increased investment to scale up treatment and prevention.
WHO and national experts presented information about depression, support that is available for people with mental health disorders and intersectoral approaches to prevent depression and suicide in Uzbekistan. The event was widely covered on national TV and radio channels, web and newspapers.