World Mental Health Day falls on October 10th every year, and is a day dedicated to mental health awareness and education. It was first established in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health, and has since followed every year on the same day, to increase global awareness of mental health. The World Federation for Mental Health is a global mental health organisation.
Whilst many aim to increase global awareness of mental health on a daily basis, World Mental Health Day is a day specifically dedicated to mental health and helping to increase awareness of mental health illnesses. On this day, there are dedicated activities, workshops, and events held worldwide that aim to promote mental well-being, and that aim to educate individuals of mental health illnesses. In some countries, this is extended to a week of events dedicated to increasing mental health awareness.
Every year, there is a theme associated with World Mental Health Day. This year is no different, and the theme is ‘Dignity in Mental Health – Psychological and Mental Health First Aid for All’. Essentially, this theme relates to removing the stigma associated with mental health, and aims to encourage individuals with a mental illness to seek (and be provided with) the help that they need.
There has never been a time where we need this global awareness to increase, more than now. You will be able to see from the picture used for this post, that if we don’t act now (by we – I mean us all), depression will be the leading illness globally by 2030. That’s only 14 years away – it’s not exactly that far away! This is what experts predict, and it reflects the harsh reality.
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