orld Mental Health Day is observed on October 10, every year. The aim to celebrate the day is for global mental health education, awareness. The day is celebrated on October 10 to advocate against social stigma on mental health issues.
Mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health. Close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide. The limited access to quality, affordable mental health care in the world before the pandemic, and particularly in humanitarian emergencies and conflict settings, has been further diminished due to Covid-19 as the pandemic has disrupted health services around the world.
“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.
“It’s up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.”
“Nothing in this world can torment you as much as your own thoughts.”
”You may have to fight a battle more than once.”
“Today I refuse to stress myself out over things I can’t control and change.”
”I know what it’s like to be afraid of your own mind.”
“You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.”
“Your mental health is a priority. Your happiness is essential. Your self-care is a necessity.”
Recovery is not one and done. It is a lifelong journey that takes place one day, one step at a time.”
“Sometimes, mental illness is terrifying because you feel like you’ve lost control of your mind and nothing makes sense. It’s like watching yourself on autopilot and having little to no control.”
“Some of the most comforting words in the universe are ‘me too.’ That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you’re not alone, and that others have been down the same road.”
“Don’t give in to stigma. A diagnosis does not determine who you are or what you can do!”
“The strongest people are those who win battles we know nothing about.”