World Mental Health Day was initiated as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health on 10 October 1992, by the then Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter. The day is officially commemorated every year on October 10th and observed by the World Health Organization and the United Nations.
- Leading up to October 10th, the World Health Organization will be sharing stories and testimonies of how people’s mental health has been affected by the pandemic and how they have coped, with reflections on the future of mental health.
- WHO also published its updated Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2030 with guidance on national action plans to promote mental health and wellbeing for all.
- On October 8th, WHO PAHO will be hosting a panel on Twitter and Facebook Live, discussing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health care in the Region of the Americas and ways to improve access to mental health care. Tune in at 2pm EDT @PAHOWHO on Twitter, and @PAHOWHOCARRIBEAN on Facebook.
- The World Federation for Mental Health will be posting their online events and have published educational materials in alignment with this year’s theme “Mental Health In An Unequal World: Together We can Make a Difference” highlighting how organizations, groups, and programs are working to reduce inequality and improve access to quality mental health care in the world.
- On October 11th, a side event will occur at the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings, where United for Global Mental Health will be hosting a panel of speakers to discuss the importance of Investing in Mental Health.
- For more events taking place virtually and worldwide for World Mental Health Day, click here.
- As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect access to mental health care, WHO’s Doing What Matters in Times of Stress guide continues to be relevant and valuable for individuals and practitioners. This self-help stress management guide is available in 19 languages.
Together, let’s continue to raise awareness for mental health worldwide!