World Mental Health Day is celebrated on October 10 and aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and promote understanding, acceptance and support of those who suffer with mental illnesses. People with mental health disorders often face misunderstanding, humiliation, and even violence. Activists and organizations are constantly providing help, however, without society’s involvement the issues cannot be truly addressed.
World Mental Health Day was founded in 1992 by the World Federation of Mental Health. The goal was to educate the public about mental disorders and the dangerous habits that can destroy health. At the time, there were many people in need of quality treatment, but the organization lacked the financial support to provide it. In 1995, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) translated materials into various languages, which helped spread the message and gain support from other countries. Now, the holiday brings up a new topic every year and encourages everyone to become involved.
- Mental illness is one of the most mysterious and pervasive issues in society.
- Some studies suggest a link between schizophrenia and an enlarged hard palate.
- Autism is understood by the scientific community, but its strange complications are often confusing.
- People with mental disorders are not dangerous, except in advanced stages of the disease.
How to take part
Visit a specialist if you suspect a mental illness. Doctors in this area are typically understanding and accommodating. Attend seminars, stay informed by reading scientific journals, and take care of yourself – get outside, avoid toxic people, and eat healthy. You can also help others by becoming a volunteer and providing support and attention to those who need it.
When is World Mental Health Day celebrated in 2023?
World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 each year.