The Healthy Executive

World Health Day 2017

The highest rate of depression is in men aged 40 – 59

Each year the World Health Organization chooses a global health issue to focus on, and this year they are focusing on depression.

Things happen in life, like difficulties with work or finances, the breakdown of a relationship, overwhelming family responsibilities, or a significant setback. These challenges can take a serious toll on your mental health, if left unchecked. Many men tough it out and struggle alone.

Some ways to look after your mental health

  • Do more of the things that make you feel great and help you to de-stress
  • Spend time with friends
  • Share what’s going on, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed

Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide.

Some signs of poor mental health include feeling irritable, hopeless or worthless and behaviors such as aggression, drinking more than usual and isolating yourself from friends and family.

Yet, depression can be prevented and treated. A better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help.

If you or someone you know are emotionally distressed or in crisis, the most important first step is to talk. Begin a conversation with a friend, family member, health professional or support service. Advice and effective tools are available.

The stats are scary, but the good news is that Health Coaches are perfectly poised to be a part of the solution and help those at risk.

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