Iranian Students receive awards in the art competition of World Health Day
|TEHRAN, 23 April 2017 (UNIC) -- As practiced every year, World Health Day has conducted its regional art competition on the occasion of World Health Day 2017, using the theme of “Depression: let’s talk”. The competition announcement had been shared through the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, as well as the Ministry of Education with the schools and students across the country in last January.
In response to the call for the competition, Iranian students have submitted more than six thousand artworks to the WHO Country Office. All of the received drawings were forwarded to the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office in Egypt. At Cairo, the competition’s international judges have thoroughly reviewed the artworks which were categorized in five age groups of 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, and 16-18 years old.
Subsequently a number of the drawings were selected to be acknowledged by receiving prize and or certificate of merit. Among the chosen ones, there are eight drawings from Iranian students. The outstanding and active participation of Iranian students has led to remarkable rewarding rate within the region. Out of the eight Iranian students who were acknowledged, four were awarded with prizes of ranks first to third and other four received Certificate of Merit.
Iranian winner students are listed as following:
· Farbod Jafari (First rank in age group 8-9)
· Lavin Hassanzadeh Oskoee (Third rank in age group 10-11)
· Fatemeh Javanmardi Ghahderijani (Third rank in age group 10-11)
· Hamidreza Keyvanmehr (Third rank in age group 14-15)
· Fatemeh NourMohamadi (Age group 10-11)
· Fatemeh Zahra SavadKouhi (Age group 10-11)
· Darya Ahmadi (Age group 12-13)
· Shabnam Nouri Keryani (Age group 16-18)
“Depression”, theme of the World Health Day 2017
World Health Day is celebrated on 7th April every year, focusing on one of major challenges on global health issues and addressing as the core subject or theme of the World Health Day within the same year.
Theme of this year’s World Health Day is depression. Depression is a common mental disorder that affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.
The risk of becoming depressed is increased by poverty, unemployment, life events such as the death of a loved one or a relationship break-up, physical illness and problems caused by alcohol and drug use.
This year’s World Health Day campaign is aimed at everyone, whatever your age, sex, or social status. At the World Health Organization, we have chosen to pay particular attention to three groups that are disproportionally affected by depression: adolescents and young adults, women of childbearing age (particularly following childbirth), and older adults (over 60 years).
Why focus on depression?
In our region, approximately 70% to 80% of people who experience depression are not treated. Tremendous efforts needed to bridge this gap. One of the main reasons for this treatment gap is the stigma surrounding mental illness, including depression, which translates into discrimination in allocation of resources and development a of quality services for persons with mental disorders. This has to be overcome to ensure that people with mental disorders and their families have access to treatment.
The theme of this year’s day, “talking about depression” aims to promote a society-wide dialogue about the rights of persons with mental disorders including depression to early access to quality treatment services and to raise awareness about the available treatment modalities. Talking about depression, whether individually, as with a family member, friend or medical professional, or in community and public settings like schools, workplaces, and in the news media, blogs and social media, helps minimize the stigma and discrimination surrounding depression, ultimately leading to more people seeking help.
What are the symptoms of depression?
People with depression normally have several of the following symptoms: loss of energy; change in appetite; sleep disturbances; anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness, guilt or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
What we can do for people who are depressed
· Find out more about depression.
· Make it clear that we want to help, listen without judgement, and offer support.
· Encourage them to seek professional help when available. Offer to accompany them to appointments.
· If medication is prescribed, help them to take it as prescribed. Be patient; it usually takes a few weeks to feel better.
· Help them with everyday tasks and to have regular eating and sleeping patterns.
· Encourage regular exercise and social activities.
· Encourage them to focus on the positive, rather than the negative.
· If they are thinking about self-harm, or have already intentionally harmed themselves, do not leave them alone. Seek further help from the emergency services or a health-care professional. In the meantime, remove items such as medications, sharp objects and firearms.
· Take care of yourself too. Try to find ways to relax and continue doing things you enjoy.