On 6 April 2017, join us at the Pan American Health Organization in Washington DC or connect online to attend the experts panel "Depression: Let's Talk: Challenges and Opportunities"to discuss the burden of depression in the Region of the Americas and the best strategies to improve access to quality healthcare services for depression and other mental health conditions. This event is part of the activities organized through the Region of the Americas to celebrate World Health Day.

  • WHD collage vertical posters ENDATE: 6 April 2017
  • TIME: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. (See here the time in your zone)
  • PLACE: Room A - PAHO Headquarters.  525 23rd St. NW.  Washington, DC 20037



  • Welcome Chair. Mrs. Dévora Kestel. Unit Chief, Mental Health and Substance Use. Pan American Health Organization
  • Opening remarks. Depression: Let's Talk. Dr. Carissa F. Etienne. Director. Pan American Health Organization
  • Mental Health in the Dominican Republic: achievements and projections. Dr. Altagracia Guzman Marcelino. Minister of Public Health and Social Service. Dominican Republic  
  • Burden of Depression and Common Mental Illness in the Americas. Dr. Daniel Vigo. Global Health Systems Cluster Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
  • Global Perspective on Mental Health: Research in the Americas. Dr. Pamela Collins. Director. Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health. National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health.
  • pdf Out of the Shadows: Let's talk about Depression . Dr. Patricio Marquez. Lead Public Health Specialist. Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice. World Bank Group

Photo Gallery: 2017 World Health Day - Depression. Let's Talk



Depression is a common mental disorder that affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. 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. Untreated depression can prevent people from working and participating in family and community life. Talking with people you trust can be a first step towards recovery from depression.

More information at "Depression. Let's Talk".

World Health Day

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health. The Day provides an opportunity for individuals in every community to get involved in activities that can lead to better health.

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