Today is World Mental Health Day

Every year on 10 October, World Mental Health Day is observed with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. The day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
 

Date 2022-10-10 Author BIK Team Section awareness Topic cyberbullying, love, relationships, sexuality (online), media literacy/education Audience children and young people, parents and carers, teachers, educators and professionals
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In 2019, an estimated one in eight people globally was living with a mental disorder. During the pandemic, this number has grown as the pandemic has taken - and continues to take - its toll on mental health. And according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the services, skills and funding available for mental health remain in short supply and fall far below what is needed, especially in low- and middle-income countries. 

Background

World Mental Health Day was established in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health, which is a global mental health organisation with members in more than 150 countries. The first two years, the day was celebrated under the general theme of supporting mental health. From 1994, the day is celebrated every year with a special theme.  

In the following years, the World Health Organisation (WHO) started supporting World Mental Health Day, working together with the World Federation for Mental Health. The WHO sees the day as an opportunity to have a massive scale-up given to the investment made in the support of mental health.  

Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority 

On World Mental Health Day 2022, the theme is “Make mental health & well-being for all a global priority”. According to the WHO, “the day this year will be an opportunity for people with mental health conditions, advocates, governments, employers, employees and other stakeholders to come together to recognise progress in this field and to be vocal about what we need to do to ensure mental health and well-being become a global priority for all.” 

Better Internet for Kids for World Mental Health Day 

Here on the Better Internet for Kids portal, we are always looking at issues relating to health and online well-being. Have a look at our articles and recourses on the topic of mental health: 

Learn more about World Mental Health Day on the website of the World Health Organisation and keep an eye on #WorldMentalHealthDay on social media.  

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