ON WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
Author(s): Harish K. MongaLet us pledge to help mental disorders person The World Health Organization (WHO) designated October 10 as World Mental Health Day to help spotlight the lack of care mental disorders often receive around the world....
Let us pledge to help mental disorders person
The World Health Organization (WHO) designated October 10 as World Mental Health Day to help spotlight the lack of care mental disorders often receive around the world.
World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education awareness and advocacy. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental heath organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. This day, each October thousands of supports come to celebrate this annual awareness programme to bring attention to Mental Illness and its major effects on people’s life worldwide. In some countries this day is part of the larger Mental Illness Awareness Week.
World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services. This year the theme for the day is “Depression: A Global Crisis”.
Depression affects more than 350 million people of all ages, in all communities, and is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease. Although there are known effective treatments for depression, access to treatment is a problem in most countries and in some countries fewer than 10% of those who need it receive such treatment.
Mental and emotional health is a big component of our everyday life, yet it often is pushed down or minimized as something that doesn’t really matter. Some of us are taught from an early age that it’s inappropriate to express our emotions or that only positive emotions can be shared.
But our inner life — our emotional, psychological and mental self — connects our thoughts, our feelings and behaviors together. When one of these things gets out of whack, so can our lives.
Let us share with our friends and family and spread the message to help to defeat the prejudice, discrimination and stigma that accompanies lots of mental care in the world today.
(Oct 10, 2012)