World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in many countries. On this day, each October, thousands of supporters observe an annual awareness program to bring attention to Mental Illness and its major effects on people’s lives worldwide.

The Huffington Post highlights the 5 Distressing Realities About The State Of Mental Health In America.

1. Suicide rates are on the rise.
2. The media is inaccurately representing mental illness and violence.
3. Mental health disorders are the costliest health condition in America.
4. Doctors don’t take mental illness as seriously as they should.
5. Mental health has not been given its due during the election cycle

General information about World Mental Health Day and resource links from WHO

Sources:

World Health Organization
Huffington Post

 

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