World Federation of Mental health is observing 10th October as World Mental Health Day, since 1992. Its objective is to increase awareness about mental diseases, symptoms, precautions, and care.
World Mental Health Day 2020 aims to increase investment in mental health support. The pandemic has influenced anxiety, worries, frustration, isolation, economic crisis, emotion distress to the entire world’s population. It has created a dire landscape for mental health. Hence, we need to be more active in this segment.
Some Shocking Figures about Mental Health
- 450 million people are suffering from mental disorders says WHO’s World Health Report published in 2001.
- 13% of all diseases are accounted for mental health problems.
- WHO says in a report of 2018 that every 40 seconds, a person dies by suicide due to mental distress, annually, this is accounted for 800,000 people.
- 79% of global suicide takes place in developing countries between the age group of 15 – 29 years.
- World Economic Forum says the global cost of mental disease will be up to $16 trillion from 2010 to 2030.
Universal Health Coverage is articulated as a key target to provide an equal right to access mental health services to those who are in the requirement of it, and this will be available without any financial hardship. (1)
What is Mental Health?
Good mental health is one of the most important factors to remain healthy. Even being mentally healthy you may have some minimum mental health issues. However, if you can make most of your potential, cope with different situations of life, and play a full part with your relationships and surroundings then you are on the good part. (2)
Mental unhappiness, distress, fear, etc often come to all of us. If you can pass these feelings with time,you heal. In some cases, these feelings take a serious turn or heavily impacts the mental health.
The absence of significant diagnosable issues on performing mental health tests doesn’t certify that someone is mentally healthy. Good mental health enables an individual to perform certain key functions and activities such as:
- Competence to learn.
- Ability to manage emotions, expressions, and feelings.
- Maintain healthy relations.
- Ability to adapt to changes and uncertainties.
Stigma Attached to Mental Health
Most of the people are ignorant about the mental health unless it gets unavoidable. Physical ailments are always given priority over mental health. Many people are uncomfortable sharing their problems and opening up about them. Medicines aren’t always required, sometimes even just mental health counseling can help dealing with stress, anxiety, and mental unhappiness.
World Mental Health Day is celebrated on one day; however, it is not something that can be cured in a day. It is a prolonged process. World Federation of Mental health urges every individual to proactively understand the issues and address them with professional help in order to stop mental health diseases.
Types of Mental Health Symptoms
There are two types:
- Neurotic symptoms – Severe general emotional expressions like depression, anxiety, panic, fear, etc.
- Psychotic symptoms – In this stage, the perception of a person gets changed about reality and facts. Hallucinations about feelings, visions, and thinking are some symptoms. Bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia are extreme examples of this type.
The government has introduced many mental health acts to provide human rights to the mentally diseased people. Many NGO, governmental organizations, and other institutions are dedicated to providing support to these patients.(3)
How is WHO Celebrating World Mental Health Day 2020?
Amidst COVID19, WHO is hosting, for the first time,a global online advocacy event on 10th Oct 2020. The Director General of WHO, Dr.TedrosAdhanom Ghebreyesus, along with mental health experts, world leaders, and other celebrity guests, will be sharing their views and knowledge on mental health. The entire event will be streamed live on social media channels. WHO will manifest its various process on improving mental health across the world. They invite all individuals to be a part of this campaign by sharing their story on how they invest or boost their mental health. (4)
Theme of Mental Health Federation for this World Mental Health Day
This year the theme is set as “Mental Health for All”. As an individual or organization, you can join this movement by ordering green ribbon pins. They have published some books on mental health and its nourishing factors.
Take medical help for Mental Diseases
It is advisable to seek medical help in case you have any mental diseases, depression, anxiety, stress, or any other symptoms. Strictly follow the doctor’s advice instead of opting for OTC drugs.With the help of drugs and mental health counseling, diseases and their impact can be reduced to a great extent and sometimes be gotten rid of completely.
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Let us all take the initiative to maintain good mental health and help our family, friends, and others in our lives to make mental health a priority.
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- World Federation for Mental Health
- Mental Health Foundation
Website – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health/about-mental-health/what-mental-health
- Mental Health Foundation
- World Health Organization
Website – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day