By Meredith Sheldon
Birthdays, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Hanukkah are all days of celebration, but there is a holiday you need to add to your calendar — World Health Day.
In an effort to promote and instill health around the globe, the World Health Organization (WHO) is celebrating its annual World Health Day on April 7. Each year the holiday highlights a new theme to raise global awareness. This year’s theme is depression.
So, where did this holiday come from? After the first World Health Assembly was held in 1948, the organization chose to dedicate this day in its honor. The holiday officially went into effect in 1950 and is one of WHO’s eight global health campaigns.
Want to be a part of making the world a healthier and happier place? Get involved with World Health Day by following these tips!
Read a book
Learn more about depression to be a part of the global movement. The WHO website recommends lists of books and virtual texts to check out that will teach you how to prevent and cope with depression, as well as how to help someone with depression. You might not know as much as you think.
Join the movement online
Use #LetsTalk on Twitter to follow posts about WHO’s global impact. You can see posts from people around the world on their personal battles with depression or on ways to help people with depression. Be a part of the movement by tweeting WHO pre-written tweets educating people on depression in different countries.
Share your story
Post a personal message to your social media pages spreading awareness about depression
Put up posters
WHO has a set of posters related to the event that you can print out and put up around your workplace. You can also share these posters on social media.
Are you a part of a local club or organization? Create an event or activity that will raise awareness about depression on a smaller scale.