Mental Health for All

The theme for World Mental Health Day 2020 is:
Mental Health for All
Greater Investment – Greater Access

“World Mental Health Day, this Saturday, Oct 10th, is 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.”

We have all been impacted by the events of the last 7 months. Some have been impacted more than others. However we are all having to make changes to every aspect of our lives. The feelings we have range from anxiety, depression, sadness, anger, fear, denial, to excitement, optimism, new beginnings, and hope. What do we need to do? We need to step up our commitment to strengthen ourselves to better handle the transitions. We cannot stop them. 

How do we do that? Well, we start with our thinking. We build up our resilience, we adapt and adjust, we look for the opportunities, we identify what we need to do to improve our situation, we limit our media time, we focus on inspiring and uplifting activities, we take better care of ourselves through nutrition, exercise, rest, reduced stress, and optimism. It all starts with ourselves. By taking better care of ourselves, we can then assist others. We will have clearer thinking and make sounder, better decisions.

During the World Mental Health Day campaign opportunities are being offered, primarily online,  for all of us to do something life-affirming: as individuals, to take concrete actions in support of our own mental health, and to support friends and family who are struggling; as employers, to take steps towards putting in place employee wellness programs; as governments, to commit to establishing or scaling-up mental health services; and as journalists, to explain what more can and must be done to make mental health care a reality for everyone. (as quoted from the Joint press release by the World Health Organization, United for Global Mental Health and the World Federation for Mental Health)

For the first time ever, On World Mental Health Day, the World Health Organization will host a global online advocacy event on mental health. At this event—the Big Event for Mental Health—world leaders, mental health experts and celebrity guests will join WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to tell the world what we can all do to improve our mental health and how we can help make sure that quality mental health care is available to everyone who needs it. During the 3 hour event you will:

  • learn how WHO, together with their partners, 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 have become mental health advocates and listen to their advice for those who are struggling;
  • and listen to critically-acclaimed musicians perform some of their most popular music.

Tune in from one of WHO’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and TikTok channels.

Here’s to your Mental Health!
With Light and Love,
Karen

 

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