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Depression - Lets Talk

INTERACTIVE SESSION WITH YOUTHS

According to WHO, about 350 million people suffer from depression around the world. To commemorate the World Health Day which held on 7th April  with the theme: 'Depression, Let's Talk', South Saharan Social Development Organization organized an interactive session with group of women at University of Nigeria Enugu Campus. The interaction got the women talking about their experiences with depression. 

The discussion centered on the importance of talking to someone when depression sets in. 

According to WHO, about 350 million people suffer from depression around the world. To commemorate the World Health Day which held on 7th April and build interaction on depression, South Saharan Social Development Organization brought a sensitization message to a group of women at University of Nigeria Enugu Campus. The interaction got the women talking about their experiences with depression. 


The target audience were women of child bearing age and older adults. The discussion centered on the importance of talking to someone when depression sets in. 


A woman shared a story of her near-suicide experience when she lost her husband. After her husband’s death, she encountered many difficulties because of the challenges that came afterwards. In her eyes lay the weight of her encounter with depression. Help was nowhere at the time and she needed to pay the school fees of her children. According to her, she will never forget the woman who helped her at that defining moment. She is one of the few that live to tell this tale. 


The health programme officer of South Saharan Social Development Organization, Mr Victor Nwagbo, further spoke to the women about the importance of talking to someone who cares whenever they were depressed in order to prevent the situation from sliding into severe depression which could lead to suicide.


Dr Onyeka, a volunteer medical doctor who was part of the South Saharan health team that visited University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (UNEC) was on ground to answer questions and give further explanations on depression.


The South Saharan health team at this event entertained questions and provided feedbacks to the participants. The interactive session provided opportunity for participants to understand the need TO TALK to trusted friends whenever depression sets in and how to overcome depression generally. Resource materials which taught on the best ways to handle depression (Source:WHO) were distributed at the event. Depression kills, talk to someone today.



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