2023 World Mental Health Day
What is World Mental Health Day?
World Mental Health Day is every 10th of October. This day focuses on raising awareness about mental health issues, reducing mental health shame, and promoting mental well-being.
Various events are held to highlight the significance of mental health. Furthermore, it provides support for those affected by mental health challenges. It’s an opportunity to develop conversations about mental health and work towards a more compassionate and understanding society. Mental health should be part of the everyday conversation, not just on World Mental Health Day or Mental Health Awareness Month in May.
Mental Health on the Rise
Mental health challenges have increased in recent years. Various factors contributed to this shift, such as increased stress, social isolation, economic pressures, climate change, and the impact of the pandemic. They’ve all contributed to exacerbating mental health issues for many individuals.
Unfortunately, mental health stigma remains. It creates barriers to seeking help and support for mental health issues. It also leads to discrimination. Reducing the disgrace is essential for promoting mental well-being and ensuring individuals feel comfortable seeking help. Furthermore, education, open conversations, and supportive communities are vital in ceasing the stigma.
Break the Stigma
In conclusion, it’s essential for society to prioritize mental health awareness, have access to mental health care, and destigmatize seeking help for mental health concerns.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, seek the help and support you need to heal. That is a personalized decision to determine how you want to get and feel better. You do you, whether it’s engaging in talk therapy with a professional, speaking to loved ones, taking medications, embracing meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing, or being out in nature. There are so many ways an individual can restore their mental well-being.
Make your mental health a priority. It’s just as important as your physical health.
To mental health!
World Health Organization (2023). 10 October is world mental health day. Retrieved: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day