World Mental Health Day is an annual awareness day, which is celebrated every year on 10 October around the world to raises people’s awareness about mental health issues and advocacy against social stigma.
History of World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day was first held in 1992 as an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health. It is a global mental health organization which has in more than 150 countries members and contacts. Every year the United Nations with the World Health Organization participate in World Mental Health Day events to promote. About 12 percent of the world’s population or around 450 million or one out of any four around the globe is affected by a mental problem.
By the stats of 2002, the World Health Organization disclosed that 154 million people around the world suffer from depression. It is the form of a mental problem. World Mental Health Day is described as a purpose of well-being in which people perceive their potential, can manage to normal life depression, can work profitably, and can also contribute to their locality work, according to the World Health Organization. Mental health is producing due to the lack of services for human and financial resources in many countries of the world. It is, particularly in the low and middle-income countries. More awareness is needed to prevent this disease.
The theme of World Mental Health Day
The celebration of World Mental Health Day is held each year with a specific theme. All events are organized according to this year’s theme. The past ten-year Theme of World Mental Health Day is as follow:
- The theme of World Mental Health Day of 2018: “Young people and mental health in a changing world.”
- The theme of World Mental Health Day of 2017: “Mental health in the workplace.”
- The theme of World Mental Health Day of 2016: “Psychological First Aid.”
- The theme of World Mental Health Day of 2015: “Dignity in Mental Health.”
- The theme of World Mental Health Day of 2014: “Living with Schizophrenia.”
- The theme of World Mental Health Day of 2013: “Mental health and older adults.”
- The theme of World Mental Health Day of 2012: “Depression: A Global Crisis.”
- The theme of World Mental Health Day of 2011: “The Great Push: Investing in Mental Health.”
- The theme of World Mental Health Day of 2010: “Mental Health and Chronic Physical Illnesses.”
- The theme of World Mental Health Day of 2009: “Mental Health in Primary Care: Enhancing Treatment and Promoting Mental Health.”
How people celebrated this day?
On World Mental Health Day, many events and activities are organized to enhances people’s awareness about mental health problems and its solution. In these includes the public serving announcement, educational lectures in schools and also in public places, distribution the research papers of mental health issues, awarding ceremonies, and many others. World Mental Health Day aims to enhance awareness about mental health problems, grow more education on the topic, and try to remove the stigma attached.
The World Mental Health Day event promotes open discussions on the disease, and as well as investments to stop and treatment services. The World Health Organization (WHO) also support this event. It is the UN’s directing and organizing authority of health. Another organization, which is the Mental Health Foundation, also promotes this day.
Is it a Public Holiday?
World Mental Health Day is an annual observance and not a public holiday.