Tomorrow, October 10th, is World Mental Health Day. “This annual program was created as a way to bring more attention to mental illness and its effects on individual life, work, family and overall stability of communities and countries.”1 It was a day founded by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992.
Each year, World Mental Health Day has a theme. In 2019, the theme focused on suicide prevention. This year, the theme is ‘Move for Mental Health: Let’s Invest.’
“World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for the world to come together and begin redressing the historic neglect of mental health,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “We are already seeing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s mental well-being, and this is just the beginning. Unless we make serious commitments to scale up investment in mental health right now, the health, social and economic consequences will be far-reaching.”2