Sound on -kampanjan tarkoituksena on lisätä tietoisuutta masennuksesta ja edistää paremman hoidon saatavuutta. Kampanja kannustaa ihmisiä puhumaan aiheesta, jotta masennukseen liittyvä häpeän taakka poistuisi.
Depression is not a cause for shame, and people should not be expected to cope with it on their own. Depression is responsible for unlived lives, unfulfilled dreams and undone work. In its most severe form, depression can be deadly.
Moderate and severe cases of depression are treated too passively in Finland and patients find it hard to receive treatment.1 This leads to disability pensions and sick leave, causing Finnish society an annual cost totalling billions of euros.2 It is time to join forces to tackle this issue.
We must break free of the culture of silence and have easier access to help – because a shared burden is a lighter burden.
We need to unmute. We need to turn the sound on to make depression heard.
Every fifth person in Finland suffers from depression at some point in their lives.3 There are different types of depression – mild, moderate and severe – specified according to the severity of the symptoms. Depression, as a mental disorder, involves a long-term lowering of mood, as well as other symptoms involving thoughts, feelings, behaviour and the entire body. Once depression is recognised, it can be efficiently treated.4
Moderate and severe depression in Finland is treated too passively, leading to a rise in the number of disability pensions. Reports show that less than one third of the patients that have applied for disability pensions have received active care combining various forms of treatment.5 It is essential that we focus on the recognition, prevention and more active treatment of moderate and severe depression and offer patients easier access to help.
Peer support and the sharing of experiences are the keys to recovery for anyone suffering from psychiatric problems. To exchange thoughts in a safe, confidential and understanding environment, please contact the help lines or online chat of the Finnish Central Association for Mental Health.
There is maturity and courage in the ability to accept depression as an experience that we, or someone we love, may go through one day. We all know someone who has been affected by depression at some point in their lives, whether we realise it or not.
As with many other difficult life situations, communication, empathy and support are the only ways that we can transcend an affliction like depression, transforming it into a source of learning, connection, and meaningfulness.
Public Affairs Manager
External Affairs, Nordics
Telephone: +358 50 3466366
For further information on the Sound on campaign and depression, please download the press kit below.