World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.
The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
The history of the day goes back to the year 1992 when an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health celebrated the first-ever World Mental Health Day on October 10.
For two years, the day had no specific theme other than promoting mental health education and awareness. But in 1994, the day was celebrated with a theme of ‘Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services throughout the World.’
Since then, World Mental Health Day has always been observed with a new theme.
This year, the topic of mental health has perhaps become the most important one due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the effect it has had on the mental state of humans for the past 9-10 months.
“This year’s World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” writes the World Health Organisation.
Their official page goes on to say that the past few months have been challenging for all frontline workers, students, teachers, friends, relatives, and hundreds of other professionals.