WHO global health days

Stories on mental health

These feature stories provide examples of the establishment or scaling-up of mental health services

When sadness doesn’t stop: helping Syrians with depression

Helping Syrians with depression, Turkey

27 June 2017 - In a city in southeastern Turkey, a Syrian woman who has fled her country stands up during a question and answer session with a psychologist. "One of my relatives suffers from severe sadness …. He doesn’t sleep well. He doesn’t want to talk to others," she says. The session at which the woman is speaking is 1 of more than 20 organized for Syrians as part of the World Health Day 2017 campaign on depression.