World Mental Health Day

Every year, World Mental Health Day is noticed on October 10th.

“Don’t keep mental illness to yourself. There’s power in sharing.”  #mentalillnessfeelslike – Mental Health America

World Federation for Mental Health founded the awareness day in 1992.

Depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that can affect our ability to work and to work productively. Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression and over 260 million live with anxiety disorders. Unfortunately, at least half of these are dealing with both disorders simultaneously.

Dr. Margaret Chan, the WHO Director-General, described the new Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020 as a landmark achievement: it focuses international attention on a long-neglected problem and is firmly rooted in the principles of human rights.

The four major objectives of the action plan are to:

  • strengthen effective leadership and governance for mental health.
  • provide mental health and social care services in community-based settings.
  • implement strategies for promotion and prevention in mental health.
  • strengthen information systems, evidence, and research for mental health

Often, people don’t get the mental health services they need because they don’t know where to start or who to ask. Talk to your primary care doctor or another health professional about mental health problems. Ask them to help connect you with the services that are right for you.

If you, a family member, or a friend are in need of help, click through the different services provided by Mental Health America.

Click here, to find out more about World Mental Health Day from the World Federation for Mental Health.