It's World Health Day, and this year the World Health Organization (WHO) has been running a yearlong campaign called "Depression: Let's talk." Last week they released a new report showing that depression rates have increased by 18 percent since 2005—which is huge, and the opposite of what we would like to see. The report brings a few important things to our attention. First, depression is a widespread problem, affecting both low-income and high-income countries around the world. Second, we don't do a good job treating it, as about half of all people with depression will never get the help they need. And lastly, we need to talk about depression in order to reduce stigma and ultimately improve care.
So in honor of this day, we got some of our favorite holistic health experts talking about depression. We wanted to know about the importance of acknowledgment, what their best piece of advice is for patients suffering from this illness, and how the United States compares to other countries when it comes to confronting depression.