World Mental Health Day is held on Oct. 10 every year to highlight issues of global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against the social stigma of mental health illnesses. Treatment and support are available for those who need it—but the door to conversation must be open. In 2017, World Mental Health Day offers a chance to reinforce focus on the World Health Day (Apr. 7) topic of depression.
Why World Mental Health Day is Important
A. World Mental Health Day helps create awareness and action on a global scale
World Mental Health Day starts a conversation about mental health and wellbeing that helps reduce the stigma associated with mental health illnesses, and could lead to more people seeking support and treatment.
B. The day offers an opportunity to reflect and take ownership of mental wellbeing
We are all juggling a lot—stress, disappointment, grief—and all these emotions can add up. World Mental Health Day allows an opportunity to think about mental health issues and make changes if necessary.
C. It’s not just about your mental health
You don’t need to have depression, anxiety or any other mental health disorder to make a difference today. Educating yourself and offering support to your community can help everyone’s health.
How to Observe World Mental Health Day
1. Check out the WHO website for campaign information
Go to the World Mental Health Day page on the WHO website: http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/en/ to learn about resources and activities taking place around the world and near you.
2. Organize a conversation in your office or community
Start your own conversation about what it takes to be healthy in body and mind by organizing an event with your friends and neighbors. It can be a powerful way to learn more about each other and strengthen support networks close to home.
3. Educate yourself mental health and share an important stat on social media
Chances are there is a lot about depression or OCD you don’t know—who is most affected? When is the earliest people show symptoms? What are the tell-tale symptoms? Find out something you didn’t know and make sure to tell your friends.