Today is World Mental Health Day, the aim of which is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
World Mental Health Day 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 more than 150 countries.
Our mental health is just like our physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.
Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World’.
The best path to lifelong wellness is one that starts with good mental health. Young people that grow up with additional stressors due to the effects of trauma, transgender discrimination, major mental illness, bullying and suicide are far more likely to have mental health issues throughout the rest of their lives.
World Mental Health Day 2018 will show the importance of creating more services and better care for our young people, and the issues they are experiencing the most these days. The acts of prevention, early interventions, resilience, available information and services are the key factors in creating a healthy future for our young people.
“Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence.”
“83% of young people say bullying has a negative impact on their self-esteem.”
“Among nearly 100 transgender youth, ages 12 to 24, 51% reported ever thinking about suicide, while 30% had attempted it at least once in their lives.”
“Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds.”
“1 in 5 young people suffer from a mental illness, that’s 20% of our population but yet only about 4% of the total health care budget is spent on our mental health.”
“More than 1 in 10 children (11%) aged between 10 and 15 say they have no one to talk to or wouldn’t talk to anyone in school if they feel worried or sad.”
For more information, please visit the MentalHealth.org.uk website.