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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.
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References and related siteswww.mentalhealth.gov: What is Mental Health www.nimh.nih.gov: Mental Health Stats WHO: Mental Health Statistics save.org: Save Someone