Like other mental illnesses, depression is relatively unknown and poorly understood. In many cases, people going through depression are blamed for their suffering („he should pull himself together“). Friends and acquaintances often disengage, wrongly assuming that only doctors and psychologists have a role to play in recovery.

Not every person who experiences depression necessarily has the same symptoms. For some, a lack of energy and drive dominates, but for others, it is internal agitation. In general, one experiences a profound sadness and strong apathy, accompanied by a feeling of inner emptiness.

Depression is one of the most common diseases and also one of the most underdiagnosed. Around twenty million people suffer from depression in Europe each year. One out of every five will suffer from depression at least once during their lives.

Today, depression can be effectively treated with psychotherapy and/or medication. However, depression is underdiagnosed, so unfortunately these treatment methods are still rarely used. Psychotherapy teaches people strategies that enable them to manage problems in various ways.

Everyone can feel sad, discouraged, or downhearted. Common examples include when facing stressful social situations, disease, and difficult, tragic events. However, we only speak of depression if these symptoms persist for at least two weeks and prevent someone from doing the things they normally do and that bring them joy.

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This website is part of the national awareness campaign on depression, launched on 28 November 2017. The campaign is part of the implementation of the National Suicide Prevention Plan for Luxembourg (2015 to 2019) and has several objectives:

  1. Improve knowledge about depression in the general public. The campaign intends to inform about the symptoms, causes, and treatment of depression and to encourage care seeking. Even though depression is one of the most prevalent mental illnesses, there is little awareness of it among the general public, and it is often poorly understood. Depression can affect anyone: people at any age, in any profession, and in any social class; men, women, and also children.
  2. Create awareness that depression is a serious mental illness. Everyone can feel sad, discouraged, or downhearted, but that does not mean that they are suffering from depression. Continuous, severe depression can cause great suffering and affects every area of life: daily tasks, professional obligations, leisure activities, and social interactions. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. About 70% of those who died from suicide suffered from depression. There is broad consensus that depression is one of the most common diseases and also one of the most underdiagnosed.
  3. Reduce stigmatization and discrimination associated with depression. Prejudice too often associates depression with a personal weakness rather than a real illness. This can discourage people going through depression from asking for help, getting information, accepting the diagnosis, and following a treatment. Prevailing prejudices against depression are to be reduced by means of targeted and proper information.

The "Depression – Let's Talk” awareness campaign includes, in addition to the website, five different posters, an information booklet about the disease, flyers on busses, banners deployed on various websites, a roadshow, and postcards to send to the people we care about to remember the little things that can help improve the mood. Print media are available in five languages (Luxembourgish, French, German, English and Portuguese) and can be ordered free of charge from the Service Information et Prevention of the Ligue.

We wish you interesting insights into the topic of depression on our website and remain open to any suggestions from you.

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