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Akbar: Young People Top List of Depression Cases

Most of our depression cases are young adolescents and adults between the ages of 15-19 and 20-29, says Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar. Ms Akbar made this
30 Mar 2017 14:25
Akbar: Young People Top List of Depression Cases
From left: Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Philip Davies, Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar and Assistant Minister Alex O’Connor with two of the tool kits to educate school children on preventing and treating depression. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

Most of our depression cases are young adolescents and adults between the ages of 15-19 and 20-29, says Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar.

Ms Akbar made this statement during the launch of the World Health Day tool kit at the ministry headquarters yesterday.

She said over the last five years, the ministry had seen a steady increase in admissions as a result of depression at the public hospitals, with a maximum number of nearly 300 cases between 2012 and 2016.

“A large majority do not seek help and will struggle through life,” she said.

“We see more females presenting than males for depression.

“This representation is also a reflection of our working population groups, which is quite worrying as the loss of productivity due to depression impacts across a lot of sectors.

“Depressions causes a tremendous loss of productivity in an individual, not just at work, it also impacts on their relationships and functions.”

She said the ministry partnered with Youth Champs for mental health awareness, targeting 50 schools nationwide to educate on depression and how to access help followed by a suicide prevention symposium to be held next week as well.

Youth Champs is a non-government organisation that advocates for youth mental health.

“More than 950 tool kits have been sent to school officials to educate children to recognise, prevent and treat depression.

“Many people do not seek help and we hope that through rigorous awareness campaign, and with the support of the media organisations we will be able to break the silence, to increase public awareness on depression, its signs and symptoms and encourage people to seek assistance to live a happy and empowered life that each one of us truly deserve,” Ms Akbar said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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