“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” ― Glenn Close.
Sunday 10th October 2021 marks World Mental Health Day. Every year organisations and individuals come together to raise awareness of mental health issues affecting people from all walks of life all over the world. The aim of this awareness day is to improve mental health education, awareness and advocacy against the social stigma of discussing mental health issues.
This year’s theme ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’ gets us all to take a step back and critically reflect on the global inequalities of access to mental health services and how we can work towards making positive changes, whilst removing the stigma surrounding mental health and wellness issues.
When we think about mental health issues, we instantly associate it with traumatic events and challenging times caused by anxiety and depression. However, the health issues surrounding mental illness is much more than this! Mental health is about how we are feeling every day, and everyone, regardless of background should have equal access to mental health and wellness support.
With between 75% to 95% of people with mental health disorders in low- and middle-income countries unable to access mental health services, World Mental Health Day highlights the unequal access to mental health services. In comparison to health budgets, investment in mental health support is lacking and things are no better in high income countries, and as a result further contributing to the mental health treatment gap.
“Regardless of who you are or what you do for a living or where you come from, it doesn’t discriminate, we all kind of go through it.” Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
World Mental Health Day provides a vital platform for both individuals and organisations to inform and educate the world about what they are doing to remove the stigmas and inequalities surrounding mental health. Importantly, it gives those who are struggling with their mental health a voice to discuss how it affects their daily lives, further opening up communication channels to access much needed help and support.
Mental health is important at every stage of life. Together we can create a ripple effect by carrying out small actions every day to raise awareness of the global inequalities of access to mental health support, giving others the confidence to seek support they are entitled to.
So, what can you do to show your support from the ground up:
When we choose to end the stigma, we choose the path to pave the way to equality in global mental health support, setting in motion a catalyst for change. Not only can we raise awareness, but we can also celebrate the achievements of those who have strived towards making changes in access to mental health and wellness support.
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