World Mental Health Day is a day to focus on concrete actions in support of our own mental health, support our friends and family in finding care, and to campaign for better mental health services.
This year’s World Mental Health Day arrives during a difficult time. COVID-19 has caused a lot of unimaginable grief, isolation, uncertainty about our futures, and fear in our daily lives. It is expected that the need for mental health resources and psychological support will increase over the coming months and years.
Mental health care is underfunded, so the goal of this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign is to increase investment in mental health.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has resources for mental health care and the promotion of mental well-being. Take a look at their Special Initiative for Mental Health and their response to the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health.
For World Mental Health Day, the WHO will be hosting the first ever global online advocacy event on mental health. The Big Event for Mental Health will be lead by world leaders, mental health experts, celebrity guests and WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. During the event, which will be live-streamed on social media channels, you will:
- learn how WHO is helping improve the mental health of people in countries throughout the world;
- hear from national and international leaders about why they are making mental health a priority;
- hear first-hand why internationally-renowned artists and sportsmen and women have become mental health advocates and listen to their advice for those who are struggling; and
- listen to critically-acclaimed musicians perform.
The WHO are also inviting you to join the campaign with key messages to share.