World Health Day
World Health Day is celebrated on April 7th every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). Each year WHO selects a specific health topic of concern to people around the world.
As healthcare leaders and educators in Acadiana, Lafayette General Health began celebrating World Health Day in 2016 to help raise awareness throughout the community.
Lafayette General Health has teamed up with Lafayette City Parish President Joel Robideaux and KATC to spread the word about World Health Day and depression. Two of the best ways to confront depression is to exercise regularly (take the stairs or walk) and talk to someone you trust (#LetsTalkWHD). This year Lafayette General Health hospitals are hosting a walk to "Take Steps to Confront Depression" and are wearing scrubs to get the conversation started #LetsTalkWHD.
What is Depression?
Depression is a very common illness that can happen to anyone. Adults, adolescents and young children can develop depression. People who are depressed tend to have unrealistic negative opinions about themselves, their life and their future.
Depression causes mental anguish and affects people’s ability to carry out everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends. At, worst depression can lead to suicide. Fortunately, depression can be prevented and treated.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
- Depressed mood or irritability
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that are normally pleasurable
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Reduced concentration and attention
- Reduced self-esteem and self confidence
- Feelings of guilt and unworthiness
- Bleak and pessimistic view of the future
- Thoughts or acts of self-harm or suicide
- Disturbed sleep
- Decreased appetite
What can you do about it?
- Talk about it and seek advice from a mental health professional
- Engage in regular physical and social activity
- Continue with activities you used to find interesting or pleasurable (i.e. hobbies)
- Maintain a regular sleep cycle
- Seek help immediately if you have thoughts of self-harm or suicide
To learn more about depression click on the handouts below.
If you or your loved one are going through depression, consult your healthcare provider for advice.
The worldwide focus for World Health Day 2016 is Diabetes awareness.
Two of the most basic things people can do to help control their blood sugar is eat healthy (drink more water) and exercise (walk).
This year all Lafayette General Health hospitals will participate by hosting a walk on campus, and encouraging everyone to drink more water!
Join us in spreading the word by downloading our "Drink More Water" signs to post in your restrooms.