In this fast-paced world, mental health issues have become prevalent. World Mental Health Day is an annual observance day that raises awareness about mental health issues globally. This day aims to educate people about the importance of mental health and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health conditions. This blog post will discuss the history of World Mental Health Day, why it is essential, and how we can support mental health.
World Mental Health Day was first observed on October 10, 1992. It was established and organized by the World Federation for Mental Health. Every year, World Mental Health Day has a theme, and it focuses on the theme to promote mental health causes globally. The theme for World Mental Health Day 2020 was “Mental Health for All: Greater Investment- Greater Access.” This theme was chosen to highlight the need for increased access to quality mental health services, irrespective of social status or income level.
So Why is There a Day?
Mental health is essential, and its impact can be seen in all aspects of our lives, be it at work or home. Mental health issues affect one in four people worldwide. Depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and self-harm are some of the most common but preventable mental health issues. Therefore, World Mental Health Day is essential because it creates awareness about the impact of mental health on daily life.
It is essential to understand that your mental health is not linear progression, and there is no shame in seeking help. World Mental Health Day’s observance inspires people to come forward to seek help without fear. This observance encourages open discussions about mental health issues. The stigma surrounding mental health issues has been the most significant barrier in seeking help. Such observations aim to reduce this stigma and create every opportunity for those who need to speak up.
World Mental Health Day serves as a reminder to all of us to take our mental health seriously. With the ongoing pandemic worldwide, psychological support should be a top priority. We must create a supportive environment, educate ourselves so that we can look after our mental health, and support others who may be struggling. Let us take a moment to reflect and appreciate the gift of good mental health while working to make mental health support accessible for everyone. Together we can break down the stigma and celebrate mental health. Remember, mental health matters.
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