The 10th of October is World Mental Health Day. It is a worldwide initiative that aims to promote, inform, and raise awareness of mental health concerns, encourage people to talk about their mental health, and end stigmas related to mental illness. The World Health Organization, which plans events and chooses a subject for the year, supports the day.
World Mental Health Day History:
The World Federation for Mental Health started a campaign to raise awareness of mental health around the world in 1992, which is when World Mental Health Day first appeared. In 1994, a theme was introduced as the day had expanded, was being observed in more nations, and featured more noteworthy events. Improving the Standard of Mental Health Services Globally was the first theme.
These more current themes are:
2018: "Young people and mental health in a changing society" was the focus.
2019's World Mental Health Day has focused on suicide prevention to raise awareness, encourage intervention, and lower the number of suicides caused by mental diseases including depression.
2020: To highlight the significance of the increased financial support required on a global level to support mental health, the topic of the conference was "Move for Mental Health: Let's Invest."
2021: The topic "Mental Health in an Unequal World" highlighted the issue of the accessibility of mental health treatments and the disparity in access to those services between the affluent and the less fortunate demographics.
Why do we celebrate World Mental Health Day?
Every single one of us needs to be aware of how essential mental health is. Although there is less stigma surrounding mental health now and more people feel comfortable discussing mental health difficulties, there is still a long way to go before society completely understands the value of a person's mental health and well-being.
The themes since 2020 have also emphasized the substantial impact that the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has had on mental health and the problems that surround it. A sign of this was the jobless rate rising to 4.9% at one point in October 2021, which is a sign that many people were financially impacted.
During the pandemic, a lot of communities were forced to live in seclusion. Social isolation, which results in less social connection, can have significant effects, such as heightened anxiety from navigating an unpredictable and ever-changing world. In the first year of COVID-19, there was a 27.6% increase in the number of major depressive disorder patients, according to studies conducted globally.
Even though major life events and trauma can affect our mental health, many of the pressures we experience daily at work or in our personal lives can be attributed to these things. Employers can support their staff by posting informational signage, encouraging employee support of one another, and providing training on how to spot warning indications that a coworker could need assistance.
What to do on World Mental Health Day in 2022:
The theme is "Make mental health & well-being for all" Numerous employers will support mental health by organizing initiatives and events that also touch on the issue.
Spend some time on yourself and pay attention to how you're doing. Make sure you're getting enough time to unwind and recharge to maintain a healthy mind and prevent any extra stressors in your daily life. Use a daily planner or wellness notebook to make sure you're taking care of yourself if you feel like life is getting in the way or you're having trouble staying organized.
Try to stay in touch with your friends and family; they will appreciate the effort. Take advantage of this day to let them know you care and to emphasize the value of their mental wellness. Find the appropriate assistance to receive the professional support and therapy you need if there is someone in your life about whom you are worried.
Around this time, it is typical to see individuals wearing ribbons to offer support, raise awareness, and show their solidarity. Some people decide to show their support online by sharing content on social media using the hashtag #worldmentalhealthday.
Two individuals are supporting one another while holding hands.
The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Samaritans USA, and the Canada Suicide Prevention Service are just a few of the many charities, organizations, and services available to assist (CSPs). You're not alone if you think your mental health may be a problem. The number of Americans who experience mental health issues is estimated to be close to 50 million. A mental health condition or impairment has affected or is affecting one in five Canadians. Don't suffer in silence; seek help.
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