WHO global health days

Videos about depression

These short videos have been produced as part of WHO’s "Depression: let’s talk" campaign. They highlight the importance of talking as the first step towards getting help.

Preventing adolescent suicide: a mother’s story


Preventing adolescent suicide: a personal testimony


Preventing adolescent suicide – testimony of a teenager


Overcoming depression: Angelo’s story


Depression - let’s talk

Let’s talk about depression - focus on adolescents and young adults

Let’s talk about depression – focus on older people

Let’s talk about depression - focus on women with young babies


Feeling down: let’s talk


Q&A on depression


James Chau shares his personal experience of depression

For people living with depression, talking about it can be the first step towards recovery. In this short video, James Chau, news presenter and WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals and Health, speaks of his personal experience of depression, and what helped him recover.



I had a black dog, his name was depression

This short video tells the story of writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone’s depression and how he overcame it. It was produced by Matthew, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, to mark World Mental Health Day 2012.



Living with a black dog

This short video is a guide for partners, carers and sufferers of depression. It provides advice for those living with and caring for people with depression on what to do, what not to do, and where to go for help.

Living with a black dog was produced by writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone, in collaboration with the World Health Organization.



WHO on mental health

WHO experts and guests talk about why WHO has chosen to focus on depression for its 2017 World Health Day campaign. This event was broadcast live from WHO headquarters in Geneva on 10 October 2016, World Mental Health Day.