Mental Health is such an important topic but can often be one which is difficult to talk about.
Today is World Mental Health Day 2020, observed by the World Health Organization and other charities and organisations each year on 10 October. The day aims to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and also mobilise efforts to help support those in need.
World Mental Health Day 2020 comes at a time that is difficult for so many. Everyone has been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic – from losing time in a school classroom, to facing financial difficulties and facing lockdowns and isolation. The pandemic has adversely affected the mental health of many people, so raising awareness about mental health and looking out for others has perhaps never been more important.
Mental health problems have become a growing public health concern both globally and in the UK in recent decades. Research has suggested that nearly half of all adults think that they have had a diagnosable mental health condition at some stage during their life.
Mental health problems are not unusual and they can happen to anyone, but particularly young people.
One of the aims of World Mental Health Day this year is to increase investment in mental health. A joint release by the World Health Organization, United for Global Mental Health and the World Federation for Mental Health in August described Mental Health as “one of the most neglected areas of public health.” The organisations have been calling for investment in mental health to be scaled-up, especially due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
World Mental Health Day is also a time to get together with others, even if virtually, to raise awareness and talk about Mental Health. The topic of Mental Health can be incredibly difficult to talk about, but it is really important to talk to others and seek support.
World Mental Health Day and also Mental Health Awareness Week are key periods and events in which awareness can be raised and the stigma surrounding mental health can be tackled, however, it is also important to do this throughout the year.
Links to accessing mental health support can be found here.
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