October 10 is World Mental Health Day. According to the World Health Organization, close to 1 billion people worldwide live with with a mental health disorder, yet mental health continues to be one of the most overlooked areas of public health.
With billions of people across the globe now struggling to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, whether grieving the loss of a loved one to the disease, experiencing job loss, social isolation, childcare or education disruptions and more, mental health matters more than ever before.
That’s why this year the World Health Organization (WHO) is teaming up with United for Global Mental Health and the World Federation for Mental Health with a brand new campaign called ‘Move for Mental Health: Let’s Invest.’
The campaign offers “an opportunity for the world to come together and begin redressing the historic neglect of mental health,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “We are already seeing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s mental well-being, and this is just the beginning. Unless we make serious commitments to scale up investment in mental health right now, the health, social and economic consequences will be far-reaching.”
To learn more and find out what you can do to support mental health at the local level, visit https://bit.ly/3mQlHCk