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Italian Open: Roger Federer out of quarters with leg injury

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first_imgItalian Open: Roger Federer out of quarters with leg injuryIn run up to the French Open, Roger Federer pulled out of Italian Open due to a leg injury. Earlier, Federer was defeated at Madrid Open quarters in his clay court comeback after three years.advertisement Reuters RomeMay 17, 2019UPDATED: May 17, 2019 19:25 IST Roger Federer pulled out of Italian Open due to leg injury (AP Photos)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer pulls out of Rome quarters due to leg injuryFederer was to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in Italian Open quartersFederer’s injury comes just a week ahead of the French OopenRoger Federer has pulled out of his Italian Open quarter-final clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas due to an injury in his right leg, organisers said on Friday.The 37-year-old Swiss, who was making a return to the European clay court season after two years away, won back-to-back matches against Joao Sousa and Borna Coric to reach the quarter-finals on Thursday.”Unfortunately, King Roger had to withdraw from the tournament due to an injury to his right leg,” the tournament organisers wrote on Twitter.”We wish him a fast recovery. Thank you for the incredible emotions.”The injury casts doubts over his preparations for this months French Open, with only five matches on clay under his belt heading into the second Grand Slam of the year.Following his quarter-final exit at the Australian Open, the 20-times Grand Slam champion won his 100th career singles title in Dubai and added another crown in Miami.Federer, bidding for only the second French Open title of his career, will look to regain fitness ahead of the tournament starting in Paris on May 26.Also Read | Italian Open: Naomi Osaka withdraws from quarters with right hand injuryAlso Read | Nick Kyrgios thrown out of Italian Open after on-court outburstAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow Italian OpenFollow French Open Nextlast_img read more

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On World Mental Health Day Ban calls depression underappreciated global health crisis

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“Among the barriers to care and services are social stigma and the lack of general health care providers and specialists trained to identify and treat depression,” he said in a message marking World Mental Health Day, in which he noted that about 1 million people commit suicide every year, the majority due to unidentified or untreated depression. He stressed that although a wide variety of effective and affordable treatments are available to treat depression, including psychosocial interventions and medicines, these are not accessible to all people, especially those living in less developed countries and the least advantaged citizens of more developed nations. Mr. Ban noted that the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting countries through its Mental Health Gap Action Programme, but added that depression is not simply a matter for health experts. “We can all act to relieve the stigma around depression and other mental disorders, perhaps by admitting that we may have experienced depression ourselves, or by reaching out to those experiencing it now. On World Mental Health Day, let us pledge to talk more openly about depression. “This is the first critical step to removing one of the barriers to treatment and helping to reduce the disability and distress caused by this global crisis,” he added, stressing that the illness diminishes people’s ability to cope with the daily challenges of life, and often precipitates family disruption, interrupted education and loss of jobs. Among the causes of depression, Mr. Ban cited genetic, biological, psychological and social factors, while stress, grief, conflict, abuse and unemployment can also contribute. Women are more likely to suffer depression than men, including following childbirth, he noted. In collaboration with WHO, writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the “black dog of depression”. Credit: WHOBeyond the 350 million people of all ages, incomes and nationalities who directly suffer from depression, millions more – family, friends, co-workers – are exposed to the indirect effects of the affliction, he noted. Mr. Ban’s message was echoed by the WHO, which underscored how depression interferes with the ability to function at work, school or home. “We have some highly effective treatments for depression. Unfortunately, fewer than half of the people who have depression receive the care they need. In fact, in many countries this is less than ten per cent,” Shekhar Saxena, Director of the Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, said. “This is why WHO is supporting countries in fighting stigma as a key activity to increasing access to treatment.” read more

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