On October 10, we commemorate World Mental Health Day. As our knowledge of mental health advances, so do we. Since the World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH) formally created the day in the early 1990s, mental health has advanced significantly. Our increased self-awareness and sensitivity to it have improved the situation. As words like “mad” and “lunatic” are used less casually and we have a deeper understanding of how they can unwittingly be cruel and stigmatizing, our vocabulary surrounding mental health has improved. Even if we’ve learnt a lot, our society still has a long way to go in terms of development.
History of Mental Health Day
World brain health Day was established in 1992 by the World Federation of brain health under the direction of Richard Hunter, who was the deputy secretary-general at the time. Other than advocating for overall brain health, they had no specific goal. To put it mildly, changing a variety of unhealthy and dangerous habits that were aggravating people’s challenging circumstances was a difficult task. Numerous mental health problems existed in the world and weren’t receiving the correct care. In France, it was difficult to obtain public money for therapy; in New Zealand, there was inhumane treatment; and there was a general lack of understanding of what brain health is. The WFMH was aware that in order to address a global situation, worldwide action was required.
A two-hour show was transmitted globally for the first three years by a U.S. information agency satellite. The Tallahassee, Florida-based studio served as an effective vehicle for spreading their advocacy message. Chile, England, Australia, and Zambia participated, while pieces were pre-taped in Geneva, Atlanta, and Mexico City for the broadcast. Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services around the World was the 1994 World Mental Health Day theme. Following the campaign, 27 countries gave feedback reports, and national campaigns were held in Australia and England. Keeping up with this pace, WFMH board members worldwide planned events in honor of the day and its expanding appeal to both government agencies, groups, and the general public.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) organized the translation of the planning kit content into Spanish, French, Russian, Hindi, Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic beginning in 1995 and continuing till the present. As the years went by, more nations got involved, and subsequently, civilians did too, as brain health was increasingly associated with human rights. As times changed, so did the World Mental Health Day themes. The conversation expanded to include topics like women, children, health, work, trauma, suicide, and much more, and as a result, the typical person now knows more about brain health.
How to observe World Mental Health Day?
- Participate in group therapy at work. Sign up for a workshop on group therapy at your place of employment. This might give you and your employees a comfortable space to express yourself. We frequently insist that continuing despite problems is the best course of action, but problems might appear out of nowhere if they aren’t appropriately handled.
- Exercise self-care. You can make a lot of adjustments to your life that will last with you after World Mental Health Day. Creating a regular sleep schedule, changing to healthier foods in your diet, taking lunch breaks, and taking lengthy walks are a few suggestions. Knowing your unique requirements is the goal of self-care. Take some time to consider what you want, then pursue it.
- There is a new subject each year, and even if it has nothing to do with your difficulties, you can still learn from it. Do some time-consuming research on the topic. Beyond yourself, awareness can provide you the right tools to comprehend people more fully.
Facts about Mental Health
- In several cultures, people hold the view that spirit possession is the root cause of mental health issues.
- One in four persons will require mental health care at some point in their life worldwide.
- Over 43 million Americans struggle with mental illness.
- Since 2012, depression among young people has increased from 5.9% to 8.2%.
- The majority of Americans do not have access to quality medical care.
Importance of Mental Health Day
Although the concept of the mind is abstract, today’s technology enables us to reflect on our thoughts. In order to effectively diagnose mental illness and take care of ourselves, we are moving past outmoded viewpoints and erasing the stigma associated with it. The struggle becomes significantly less difficult if mental health issues are freed from their burden and fear. This day serves as a reminder that you are not suffering alone. We tend to believe that we are the only ones going through difficult times. Knowing that others have experienced it and come out on the other side is encouraging. You are reminded that you are capable of overcoming your pain. As our knowledge of brain health advances, so does our capacity to access appropriate care? You can function more effectively with the correct therapist and required drugs. The global influence increases with our level of acceptance and with the amount of money invested in research and brain health care.
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