Future Minds Development Initiative, a non-governmental organization organized health talk Tagged “Do not suffer in Silence, Let’s Talk” at Olubadan High School.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. Another stated that suicidal attempts are most prevalent among youths of the age group 15 to 29 years old.
The programme was targeted at sensitizing the Teachers on the need for a healthier lifestyle against the risks posed by depression and other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as hypertension, breast cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, among others. It also aims to raise awareness in our community on the scourge of NCD. All these are targeted at reducing the health risks posed by NCD to Nigerians.
Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks. According to records, one in five Nigerians is at a risk of hypertension and sudden death due to unhealthy habits.
According to the speaker Mr. Badmus Adedayo said there are ways depression can be managed;
take your medications properly and timely, learning about depression/education about depression, pay attention to warning signs, avoid alcohol and recreational drugs, Stick to treatment plan and take care of yourself.
Mr. Adedayo noted that managing depression requires a multidisciplinary process. Depression is treatable and most people get better with treatment. If you think you may be depressed, the first step to seeking treatment is to talk to your health care provider.