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Good questions for good health: Is depression real?

A large part of preventing and treating depression is to be conscious and cautious of the illness. This means being free to talk about depression. The World Health Organisation’s campaign on depression is aimed at encouraging more people to freely talk about depression and to seek help if need be. But in order to talk about depression, we must be knowledgeable of its Symptoms and effect.

This month we provide you with a free downloadable booklet entitled “Depression; what you need to know.” This booklet was compiled by the National Institute of Mental Health. It will help you learn more about depression and how affects people of all ages. We urge all parents to read the section on Teens (page 7-8) so as to be more aware of how to help your child if you think they might be depressed.



To know more about the symptoms of depression, watch the World Health Organisation’s video below – I had a black dog, his name was depression.

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What causes depression? Harvard Health Publications | Harvard Medical School 

Facts about depression | World Health Organisation

Everton Football Club Winger Aaron Lennon detained under Mental Health Act | BBC 

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Concerns emerge as Lusaka death toll rises – 980 deaths in a month


According to the Lusaka City Council’s burial permit office at University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, the council has recorded at least 980 deaths in the last one month alone. Brenda Katongola, the council’s assistant Public Relations Manager said in an interview that of the 980 deaths, 164 were transferred outside Lusaka, while 549 burials were conducted within the Council’s established cemeteries, that is, both the new and old Leopard’s Hill cemeteries and Chingwere cemetery in Lusaka. The remaining 296 burials were conducted in other cemeteries within Lusaka not managed by the Council. This data was recorded between April 18th and 8th May 2017.

Did all these deaths occur at UTH?

Despite the headlines trending on social media, sources at the burial permit office confirm that these deaths did not all occur at the University Teaching Hospital but include deaths recorded around the entire Lusaka District. The confusion is most likely due to the fact that Continue reading Concerns emerge as Lusaka death toll rises – 980 deaths in a month

Good Questions for Good Health: How much rest do you need?

Please start by reading the article “Let’s talk: How much rest do you need?” in Issue 20 of ZASA Magazine (May 2017) to understand the context of this post, it is supplementary material. Download the magazine free here.

We now know that getting enough rest is key to good health and well-being. A good night’s sleep is by far the best way of achieving rest. This probably explains why we spend one-third of our lives sleeping. It is estimated that if you sleep an average of 8 hours each day, you will sleep for 229,961 hours in your lifetime. This is more than you will spend either eating (32,098 hours), watching TV (80,486 hours) or both.

How do you know if you are not sleeping enough? More importantly, how does sleep work? In the two videos below, Professor Richard Wiseman – renowned psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom – discusses how sleep works and how we can master it. Start off by taking the sleep test, first.

Good Questions for Good Health: How can you get involved?

As we continue with this series, we urge you to continue asking good questions. We would like to create a platform where your views, health goals, and concerns can be shared. A platform from where you can draw strength and inspiration as we share inspirational health stories from Zambia and the world over. Do you have an experience you would like to share with us? Have you been living with an illness for a long time? Share with us how you have been managing. Do you have a health question you would like us to explore? Get in touch with us by sending an email to or better still, leave us a message below or on our Facebook page.

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