Depression - A major public health problem

Depression is a prevalent, severe and often life-threatening mental health disorder which accounts for around one quarter of all disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost in Europe. Depression is associated with deep suffering and is a huge burden to those who are affected. Moreover, it is a major risk factor for suicidal beahviour. Due to the close relationship between depression and suicidal behaviour, it is envisaged that preventive actions which improve the care and optimise the treatment for depressed patients may contribute to a reduction of suicidal acts.

PR Poster campaign material in various European countries

Depression can affect anyone
Depression is a real disease
Depression can be treated is a brand and initiative of the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD).

The iFightDepression website and online self-management tool were co-funded by the Health Programme of the European Union.