New Delhi: The World Mental Health Day is observed every year on October 10. The theme for World Mental Health Day 2021, announced by World Federation for Mental Health President Dr Ingrid Daniels, is “Mental Health in an Unequal World”.
“In recent years, there has been increasing acknowledgement of the important role mental health plays in achieving global development goals, as illustrated by the inclusion of mental health in the Sustainable Development Goals,” according to World Health Organization (WHO).
World Mental Health Day was first observed on October 10, 1992 as an annual activity of World Federation for Mental Health.
World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity to talk about mental health in general, how to break the stigma around it, and the importance of speaking out when struggling with a mental health issue.
Mental health has come to focus in pandemic times like never before as people of all age groups and occupations bear the brunt of the ‘new normal’. Health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions have been particularly affected.