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WFMHWorld Federation for Mental Health
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Hence, the theme advocated this year by the WFMH is quite appropriate.
Based on the survey findings, WONCA and WFMH are planning to provide GPs with an educational program to increase awareness of the mind-body link and its role in the management and treatment of depression in the hope of improving diagnosis, treatment and recovery rates.
According to the WFMH, symptoms of depression include depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, decreased energy, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, and poor concentration.
These are among the many crucial issues the WFMH hopes to address through the implementation phase of its WFMH Africa initiative, the organisation said in a statement.
The WFMH, in partnership with Eli Lilly and Company and Boehringer Ingelheim, commissioned the Testing the Medics international survey to measure how well medical schools educate PCPs about the link between depression and painful physical symptoms, and to identify potential gaps in young PCPs' knowledge.
Of major concern is that the mental health consequences of the hardship and trauma created by violence and disruption are generally being ignored by combatants on both sides of these conflicts, the WFMH says.
Earlier during the day WFMH will also be holding a briefing of medical communications directors and health media, and a lunch meeting involving CEOs from mental health organizations.
According the WFMH report, studies suggest that depression increases the risk of developing type-2 diabetes more than 20% in young adults.
Many people who successfully treat and manage their bipolar disorder are highly functioning individuals who sustain jobs, relationships, and lead full lives", commented Preston Garrison, Chief Executive Officer of the WFMH.
The WFMH has also launched a global online directory of mental health patient/service user, family member/caregiver support groups, and mental health advocacy and awareness organisations.
Despite the high prevalence of painful physical symptoms, the WFMH is concerned that the public may not be fully aware of the connection between depression and pain, and that this may be contributing to the low worldwide treatment rates.
Mental and physical health are deeply interdependent and people with major mental disorders need supportive programs that include nutrition counseling, exercise, and behavioral interventions to help complement treatments that focus on the disorder," said Preston Garrison, Secretary-General and CEO, WFMH.