Depression Is A Problem

Benjamin Lara

Depression is a problem worldwide. Depression can cause self harm, loneliness, crimes and many more. The whole world needs to embrace depression and help people.


As we enter the 3rd decade of the 21st century, we have many problems on the rise. Mental and physical issues are part of depression, but we never really talk about depression as a world. Depression is very much a real thing, yet we don’t seem to understand that. When someone frequently says “ I’m not just feeling like me lately.” Or “ I’ve been sad and just like depressed the past couple of weeks.” We tend to brush it off and tell that person to just keep their head up. No! That is the wrong way to respond when someone says that it should be taken seriously, we don’t know what’s going on, maybe they need someone to talk to. 


Throughout the time of keeping track of depression statistics over 300 million people suffered from depression from 2013-2016. The “Depression: Facts, Statistics and You” article from Healthline written by Timothy J. Legg states that “Though, according to the WHO, less than 50 percent Trusted Source of those worldwide with depression receive treatment”. This is saying that more than 150 million people who suffer from depression do not receive treatment. Also, this means about one percent of the world is depressed not getting help, while 2 percent of the world’s total population were depressed in 2013-2016.


Self harm/suicide is also caused by depression. In the article “Rates and Statistics for Suicide in the United States” written by Leonard Holmes says that “Nearly 47,000 people died from suicide in 2017. . . one person dies from suicide every 11 minutes.” They also state that “Depression and suicide are linked, with an estimate that up to 60% of people who commit suicide have major depression.” Having depression and suicidal thoughts do not go well as you can see. Depression is a serious topic and if losing 72,000 people by killing themselves and 60% were suffering from depression is not enough what is? Also “492,037 individuals visited hospitals in the United States due to self-harm in 2017.” According to “Depression Statistics Everyone Should Know” written by Amy Morin. 


Last but not least, how can you tell who has depression ? Well depression can be seen in many different ways and forms:


  • Loss of energy 
  • Anger
  • Easily agitated 
  • Concentration 


Hopefully you see that depression is a major problem in the world. It should be taken more seriously and we should help people a lot more. This is why depression is a problem in the world. 


If you or someone you know need to talk to someone, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or visit