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Even as 10 October is observed as 'World Mental Health Day', counselling experts say that Bangalore has witnessed an increase in the number of people seeking treatment for depression.

According to Sahai organisation, a helpline for suicide prevention and emotional distress, "There has been a 20% jump in number of cases of mental health problems, and most people who suffer are youths under 30 years of age."

"This year we have had an increased 20% rate in number of cases who come to us seeking treatment of depression related syndromes. Most of our clients are within 20-30 age group, and maximum number of times depression is prevalent due to unemployment or marriage related issues. This can lead to suicidal tendencies if not treated properly."

Speaking about the treatment options available to such clients, counsellor Girish Mehta told IBTimes India: "We use therapy and counselling both to treat the clients."

The theme for this World Health Day is 'dignity in mental health'.

According to an IANS report, "India is on the verge of becoming the suicide capital of the world. Almost 90% of the cases of suicides stem due to various types of depression." Some of the various types of depression are seasonal depression, postpartum depression, psychotic depression and bipolar disorder.

The report further stated that "the rate of suicide due to depression has tripled in India over the past few decades, and maximum deaths occur between the age groups of 15-24 years."

To mark the occasion of World Mental Health Day this year, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon in an official United Nations press release said, "This day is celebrated as an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges, people suffering from mental disabilities face. It is our effort to ensure they lead a dignified life."

Stressing on the importance of the right to live a dignified life, the UN secretary general also said, "Everyone has a right to work, enjoy time with family, and live life without stigma or discrimination. Together we can make sure; people lead a fulfilling dignified life."

According to reports, Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who was diagnosed with depression earlier this year, has decided to start a mental health foundation called 'Live Love Laugh', which will officially be established in March 2016.

On Twitter, #WorldMentalHealthDay has been trending all day.