Introduction – World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year to spread awareness about mental health among people worldwide. There are about 280 million people who are suffering from depression while about 1in 5 of the children and youth worldwide have a mental disorder.
As per ‘The Global Burden of Disease Study 1990-2017’ research, about 197.3 million people were suffering from several mental problems in India which means one in seven people in our country.
History – Firstly, World Mental Health Day was celebrated on October 10, 1992. The main aim of this day is to boost mental health encouragement and educate people about mental disorders. The first theme of this day is ‘’Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services throughout the World’’.
Theme – The theme of World Mental Health Day in the year 2021 is ‘’Mental Health In An Unequal World’’ that concentrates on caring for those people who are suffering from mental disorders.
Significance – World Mental Health is observed on October 10 every year is to spread awareness about mental health and promote mental health services. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it increases rapidly the cases of mental disorders among people. Thousands of jobs are reduced, continuously 24 hours stay at home, financial crisis, death of loved ones, and many more affect the mental health of people. Due to increase mental disorders or severe depression, it may increase the case of suicides worldwide. This day provides an opportunity to come together for mental disorder issues that affect the lives of common people and make sure people can enjoy good mental health.