According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression affects more than 350 million people across the world, of all ages and from different backgrounds. With the global economic downturn causing jobs losses and putting pressure on people’s incomes, depression and other mental health conditions are on the increase. Depression is condition identified as a priority for the WHO’s Mental Health Gap Action Programme, which aims to increase mental health services in all countries across the globe; despite there being a range of treatments for depression, fewer than half of those affected receive those treatments at the present time.
To coincide with World Mental Health Day, the WHO have produced an animated video, featuring a black dog, which serves as a metaphor for depression. The video portrays the emotions and feelings caused by depression and offers hope and tips on how to deal with it. You can watch the video below: