World Health Day aims to get people talking about difficult
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The World Health Organisation has identified depression as the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. Latest figures from the organisation estimated more than 300 million people were now living with depression - an 18 per cent increase between 2005 and 2015.

Mental Health Foundation chief executive Shaun Robinson encouraged New Zealanders to take hold of the message of the day and initiate meaningful conversations.

"Many people still don't understand what depression is, and that can make it difficult to be open about how you're feeling and ask for help. It's an important issue to face, but the good news is that depression is treatable and manageable.


With the right support and care, most people who experience depression will recover and live great lives....

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