October 1, 2021
World Mental Health Day 2021 will be recognized on Sunday, October 10, with the campaign theme “Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality.” (World Health Organization, 2021.)
According to the World Health Organization, close to 1 billion people worldwide live with a mental health disorder. Yet mental health continues to be one of the most overlooked areas of public health. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the globe, creating upheaval in individuals’ lives and unprecedented demand for mental health services.
“In all countries, the pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health,” says the WHO. “At the same time, a WHO survey conducted in mid-2020 clearly showed that services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders had been significantly disrupted during the pandemic.”
“It’s time to … make quality mental health care for all a reality. World Mental Health Day presents an opportunity for government leaders, civil society organizations and many others to talk about the steps they are already taking and that they intend to take in support of this goal.”
The WHO reminds global citizens that World Mental Health Day is “about more than advocacy. It also provides an opportunity to empower people to look after their own mental health and provide support to others.”
To learn more and find out what you can do to support the campaign at the local level, visit the WHO’s World Mental Health Day campaign website.