World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year, with the aim of raising awareness of mental health issues and creating positive changes that support people, improve mental health outcomes and eliminate stigma. Each of us can make a contribution to ensure that people dealing with problems concerning mental health can live better lives with dignity.
Most people with mental health problems report being misunderstood by family members, shunned or ignored by friends and work colleagues. The limited access to quality, affordable mental health care in the world before the pandemic has been further diminished due to COVID-19.
Stigma is the perception that a certain attribute makes a person unacceptably different from others, leading to prejudice and discrimination against them. Mental health stigma and discrimination prevent people from seeking help; this can delay treatment and impair recovery. It also isolates people, excluding them from day-to-day activities and making it hard to build new relationships or sustain current ones.
Why World Mental Health Day is important
Identify the problem. We’re evolving beyond outdated perceptions and releasing the stigma of mental health issues so that we can properly diagnose them and take care of ourselves. With the burden and fear removed from mental health issues, the battle becomes considerably easier.
Share your pain. This day reminds you that whatever you’re going through, you’re not alone. Too often we think that we’re the only ones facing a hard time. It’s uplifting to know that other people have experienced mental health issues and gotten better. It reminds you that you can overcome your own pain.
Proper treatment. As our understanding of mental health grows, so does our ability to seek proper treatment. With the right therapist and treatment, you can cope on a more efficient level.
If you are concerned about your mental health, don’t hesitate to seek advice. BHS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 800-245-1150.