World Mental Health Day – Mental Health for all
World Mental Health Day is on the 10th October every year and was created in 1992 by the World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH). Everyone deserves to feel safe and supported when talking about their mental health, but stigma still exists creating a barrier to getting help.
What is the aim of World Mental Health Day?
World Mental Health Day gives the global community the chance to raise awareness of a variety of mental health issues, as well as educate people on topics such as the signs and symptoms and how best to deal with them.
This year the topic of the awareness day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health is ‘Mental health for all: Greater Investment, Greater Access’.
It gives organisations the chance to speak to a captive audience and offer advice on topics such as how to deal with mental health issues. It also gives mental health suffers a chance for their stories to be heard, to help other sufferers overcome their mental health issues.
This year the topic of the awareness day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health is ‘Mental health for all: Greater Investment, Greater Access’. As billions of people around the world have had their lives affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a knock-on effect to mental health issues, this year it is more important than ever to ensure that people have access to mental health programmes, which is why the goal of this year is increased investment in mental health.
Mental health for all
Research from Rethink Mental Illness shows that nearly 80% of people living with mental illness say that COVID-19 and the national response have made their mental health worse. The impact of lockdowns with enforced physical isolations and distancing has caused greater social isolation and people have faced many challenges; from workers whose livelihoods have been threatened, to carers providing care in difficult circumstances, to students adapting to a new way of working and anxious about their futures.
Mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health and access to quality, affordable mental health care has been further reduced due to COVID-19 as health care services have been disrupted around the world. That’s why this year the focus is making mental health care a reality and right for all, highlighting the need for greater investment in mental health.
Mental health statistics
- 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England
- Mixed anxiety and depression are the most common mental disorder in Britain, with 7.8% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis
- Nearly 80% of people living with mental illness say that COVID-19 and the national response have made their mental health worse
- Reports from England and Wales suggest that approximately only 1 in 8 adults with a mental health problem are currently getting any kind of treatment
- In low- and middle-income countries, more than 75% of people with mental, neurological and substance use disorders receive no treatment for their condition at all
- Countries spend on average only 2% of their health budgets on mental health
- The average per-person cost of lost employment (including service costs) due to schizophrenia and related conditions for those aged 45-65 is estimated at £19,078, while costs for those aged 15-44 were just under £30,000
- For every £1 spent on early intervention psychosis teams that work with young people in their first episode of schizophrenia, £18 is saved