World Mental Health Day

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2024 Date10 October 2024
2025 Date10 October 2025

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World Mental Health Day History

World Mental Health Day is aimed at raising awareness and promoting understanding of mental health issues. The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) established this day to provide an opportunity for people, organizations, and governments to discuss and work towards addressing various mental health challenges that affect millions around the globe. Initiatives and events on this day significantly contribute to destigmatizing mental health issues, encouraging open discussions, and promoting the implementation of policies to improve mental health care services.

The WFMH introduced World Mental Health Day in 1992, with the initiative gaining more support and recognition over the years. Within the European Union (EU), mental health is a critical public health concern as it is estimated that around one in six Europeans experience mental health problems. The prevalence of these issues has significant social and economic consequences, and the EU has been proactive in devising policies and programs targeting mental health promotion, prevention, and early intervention. By participating in World Mental Health Day activities, EU citizens can address existing mental health disparities, work towards a more inclusive society, and prioritize mental well-being on par with physical health.

World Mental Health Day is observed across the EU on October 10 every year. Various activities and events take place on this day, such as seminars, conferences, workshops, and online campaigns, aiming to raise public awareness, share information on mental health resources, and facilitate discussions. Educational institutions, mental health organizations, healthcare providers, and individuals all come together to demonstrate their commitment to mental health awareness, reduce the stigma associated with mental illnesses, and foster a supportive, understanding environment for those affected by these challenges.

World Mental Health Day facts

  • The theme for World Mental Health Day in 2023 was Mental health is a universal human right.
  • Around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have a mental health condition, with suicide the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds.
  • People with severe mental health conditions die prematurely – as much as two decades early – due to preventable physical conditions.
  • Mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and alcohol or drug abuse cost the European Union about €600 billion or more than 4% of its GDP annually.
  • On average, there's a suicide every two hours in the European Union, making it a leading cause of death among young people.

Top things to do in the EU for World Mental Health Day

  • Evaluate your own mental well-being or that of someone you are close to.
    - Are you always sad?
    - Do you have suicidal thoughts?
    - Do you feel that you have no reason to live?
  • Visit a psychologist to discuss any problems that have overwhelmed you lately.
  • Encourage individuals and organizations to talk openly about mental health. Use platforms such as blogs, podcasts, and social media to share personal stories, experiences, and strategies related to mental health challenges and well-being.
  • Use World Mental Health Day as an opportunity to advocate for better mental health policies and services. Reach out to policymakers, participate in discussions, and highlight the importance of mental health support and resources.

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