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#WorldHealthDay: Depression, the leading global mental illness

7 April 2017 11:20 AM

This year's World Health Day is dedicated to raising awareness about depression.

As the world celebrates 2017’s World Health Day, the World Health Organisation has dedicated the day to focus on depression, which it reports is the leading mental illness worldwide.

Research has shown that in South Africa the number of people suffering from major depressive disorders has risen by 58% from 1990 to 2013 affecting more than 400 000 people and just over 253 million worldwide.

Psychiatry Management Group board member, Dr Mvuyiso Talatala, says the campaign on mental illnesses is important following the Life Esdimeni saga where more than 100 psychiatric patients died of negligence.

Listen to the audio below to hear more about different mental illnesses and treatments...

7 April 2017 11:20 AM