There is no health without Mental Health!
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, to raise awareness about mental health issues and mobilise 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.
Mental Health during Global pandemic
This year’s World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, comes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic have brought many challenges in the daily life of people all over the world. Everyday actions as going to work, go to school or even go to the grocery store, became difficult because of the fear of bringing COVID-19 home.
The past months have been tough for everybody: For students, who adapted to taking classes from home, with little contact with teachers and friends; for workers whose livelihoods has been threatened; for the vast number of people caught in poverty or in fragile humanitarian settings with extremely limited protection from COVID-19.
As well as for people with mental health conditions, who experienced even greater social isolation than before. Also, a special mention should be made for those who are managing the grief of have lost their loved ones because of the virus, sometimes without being able to say goodbye.
World Mental Health Day 2020
The economic consequences of the pandemic are already being felt, as companies let staff go in an effort to save their businesses, or indeed shut down completely. Therefore the shadow of the future is giving rise to great concern, worsening the state of mind of the most fragile.
Given past experience of emergencies, it is expected that the need for mental health and psychosocial support will substantially increase in the coming months and years.
Investment in mental health programmes at the national and international levels, which have already suffered from years of chronic underfunding, is now more important than it has ever been.
This is why the goal of this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign is increased investment in mental health.