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World Mental Health Day – 10th October

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the World Mental Health Day on 10th October. Founded by World Federation for Mental Health, the World Mental Health Day is supported by United Nations, specifically by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This day is observed in over 100 countries by reflecting on what is being done and urgently needs to be done to better mental well-being of the national population.

  • According to latest statistics, mental health illness affects about 12% of the world population.
  • This is particularly increasing among the workforce population, where current statistics reveal one out of every five people is experiencing a mental health problem.
  • A recent WHO-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion each year in lost productivity.
  • Societal initiatives are needed to cater & support the people affected by the same.
  • Mental healthcare services are not only scarce, but the stigma attached and discrimination that exists isolates people affected by these problems resulting in total neglect of those who need care.

Like many other countries, India too is dealing with mental health issues. This is an appropriate time to dwell on mental health issues, to discuss preventive and treatment services as well as raise awareness about mental well-being among the young and the old who are both affected by various mental health common disorders, such as those related to depression, anxiety, behaviour, personality, obsessive compulsive disorder, Alzheimer’s, memory loss, etc. According to the National Mental Health Survey (2016), 1 in 20 people suffer from depression in India. According to National Mental Health Survey (2016), 10 per cent of the Indian population suffers from common mental disorders.

  • In the city several organisations will hold awareness programmes on October 10 to observe the World Mental Health Day.
  • 25 projects, by researchers from across the country, on mental health issues, conceived in a year-old brainstorming session by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), may finally bear fruit this month.

Sources: Indian Express / Asian Age

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