World Mental Health Day is Celebrated Annually on 10th October!
What is World Mental Health Day?
World Mental Health Day is a day which is used to highlight issues relating to Mental Health, as well as aiming to improve general public awareness of Mental Health issues and things that we can all to do be kinder and take care of ourselves and others more effectively.
This year, the theme for World Mental Health Day is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World.’ Every year, the theme is put to a vote by the World Health Organisation. This theme in particular was chosen to highlight inequality. There is a very large divide in wealth across the world. The number of people living in poverty still very high.
This theme also highlights the inequalities when it comes to accessing Mental Health services. 75%-95% of people with mental disorders in low-income and middle-income countries being unable to access Mental Health services at all. Access in high income countries is also not much better. Lack of budget and investment in these services has only worsened the Mental Health treatment gap.
World Mental Health Day also aims to tackle issues caused by stigma and discrimination against people with Mental Health issues. This should not be allowed to continue, and should be addressed by wider society. Everyone in society has a duty to question backdated attitudes towards Mental Health and educating wider society about Mental Health is a good way to start the process.
Mental Health Resources
If you are interested in finding out more information about World Mental Health Day or finding out things that you can do to contribute to improving awareness, why not check out some of the links below! The World Mental Health Day website has lots of resources. This promotes awareness of the day. The World Federation for Mental Health also has lots of interesting content surrounding Mental Health and improving general wellbeing. Why not check them out?
If you are looking to improve awareness of Mental Health in your workplace, why not check out our Mental Health First Aid course? We are approved by MHFA England, and our course is very comprehensive. We offer a detailed overview of the main things to consider when talking about Mental Health. As well as this, we look at ways to improve Mental Health and how to promote the general wellbeing of your workforce! Find our Mental Health First Aid course here.
Let’s start a conversation today.