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World Mental Health Day

Mental Health Day is a time to speak out, fight stigma, and help people understand. Let us make the world a place where everyone has the right to good mental health and feels safe asking for help

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In a world where physical health often takes centre stage, there’s one day dedicated to giving mental health the spotlight it deserves—World Mental Health Day. This annual observance, celebrated on October 10th, serves as a reminder that our minds require just as much care and attention as our bodies. Mental Health Day marks a significant event on the global calendar, a day devoted to confronting the profound and intricate issues pertaining to mental health.

This day, which was first observed in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health, has become an essential platform for promoting awareness, compassion, and transformation. The collective efforts to raise awareness about the prevalence and impact of mental health conditions, eradicating the stigma and discrimination that frequently surround the people, and advocate for equitable access to mental health resources and services are guided by this organization.

Over the period of its existence, World Mental Health Day has been observed with a wide variety of themes, each of which reflects the most pressing issues and priorities in the field of mental health. These themes serve as a foundation for a wide range of activities, events, and initiatives that occur on this day worldwide. From policy advocacy and social media campaigns to educational seminars and community dialogues, World Mental Health Day offers a diverse array of initiatives aimed at reducing the stigma associated with mental health and empowering individuals to seek assistance and support when necessary. As for the year 2023, the theme for world Mental Health Day is ‘Mental Health is a universal Human Right’. The theme is meant to ensure that everyone has the right to good mental health. Everyone, no matter who they are or where they are, has the right to the best possible mental health. This is not only morally necessary to acknowledge mental health as a universal right, but it also has significant implications for society and the economy. This encompasses the right to be safeguarded against mental health hazards, the right to care that is available, accessible, acceptable, and of high quality, and the right to liberty, independence, and community inclusion.

As we see, our emotional resilience is supported by our mental health, which influences how we process and manage stress, adversity, and everyday problems. It has a significant impact on our relationships, influencing everything from family dynamics to business encounters, and shapes our ability to connect with and assist others. A good mental health is inextricably linked to physical well-being, influencing everything from immune system function to longevity. Good mental health fosters cognitive abilities such as memory, focus, and problem-solving, which in turn supports productivity and personal growth. On a societal level, untreated mental health concerns can result in lost productivity, increased healthcare expenses, and decreased workforce participation. It has an impact on community cohesiveness, public safety, and the collective well-being of societies in addition to economics. By putting mental health first, we can build a more compassionate and resilient society in which people are empowered to live satisfying lives, contribute to their communities, and work together to achieve a healthier and more equitable future.

A positive mental health is essential for our general health and well-being. However, this global issue affects millions of individuals worldwide. It has been seen that one in every eight persons worldwide suffers from a mental health disorder, which can have an influence on their physical health, well-being, how they interact with others, and their livelihood. A growing percentage of teenagers and young people are suffering from mental health issues. They ought to be treated with respect, empathy, and understanding. Taking care of one’s mental health is a sign of resilience and strength, not weakness. In addition, this observance highlights the significance of inclusive and accessible mental health care. It urges communities, healthcare providers, and governments to collaborate in order to guarantee that all individuals, regardless of socioeconomic status, heritage, or geographical location, have access to mental health services. Individuals are urged to prioritize self-care, seek help without shame or fear, and show compassion to those who may be discreetly struggling during World Mental Health Day, a time when the pressures and challenges of contemporary life can have a significant impact on mental health.

Let us remember that mental health is not just a day on the calendar but a lifelong journey. May the awareness and compassion generated today inspire us to make mental health a priority, both in our own lives and in the world around us. Let us continue to break down the barriers, challenge the stigma, and work together to create a future where mental well-being thrives. (The Author is a regular Columnist, Author and is currently teaching Psychology at Government Degree College Pulwama. Feedback: rohi95jan@gmail.com)

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