The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts to support mental health.
Dr Ingrid Daniels, President: World Federation for Mental Health states in her message:
The world is experiencing the unprecedented impact of the current global health emergency due to COVID-19 that has also impacted on the mental health of millions of people. We know that the levels of anxiety, fear, isolation, social distancing and restrictions, uncertainty and emotional distress experienced have become widespread as the world struggles to bring the virus under control and to find solutions.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization stated:
“The world is accepting the concept of universal health coverage. Mental health must be an integral part of UHC. Nobody should be denied access to mental health care because she or he is poor or lives in a remote place.”
This statement necessitates that under the current global health emergency no-one should be denied mental health care. Psychosocial support and mental health national plans need to address the mental health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on citizens.
It is therefore of great significance and importance that the theme for World Mental Health Day 2020 will be:
Mental Health for All
Greater Investment – Greater Access
Mental health is a human right – it’s time that mental health is available for all. Quality, accessible primary health care is the foundation for universal health coverage and is urgently required as the world grapples with the current health emergency.
Mental health is extremely important. Raising awareness and talking about it more through sharing stories and having conversations.
There are ways to get involved and raise awareness for mental health but to also support those with mental health issues.
One of the ways is ‘Tea & Talk’ which is celebrating its 11th year this year and is being held virtually. Mental Health Foundation says:
‘It’s a great way to come together during this difficult time and have a virtual cuppa with friends, family or colleagues to raise money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation. Research shows that talking is good for your mental health, and that’s what Tea & Talk is about’
You can sign up here and receive a free pack and resources.
Other ways to raise awareness are through sharing resources, posts, Tweets, anything - it is entirely up to you!
Mental health is important every single day and these are just some of the ways that we can raise awareness and support others.