It's 10/10 World Mental Health Day
Advocate and promote the importance of mental health across the world.
We have been through the ringer in 2020. And it’s not over yet. The message from the World Health Organisation (WHO) is loud and clear for World Mental Health Day, on October 10 this year,
“Invest in mental health.”
Over 150 countries participate in this initiative of the World Federation of Mental Health to raise awareness about the impact of mental health issues across the world.
For the first time ever, the WHO is holding an online Global Summit, a virtual gathering of world leaders, mental health experts and celebrity guests to advocate and promote this message, that an investment in mental health is vitally important and needs to be a priority internationally.
Click the following link for information on how to attend “The Big Event for Mental Health” on October 10 (10am US EST): https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/10/10/default-calendar/the-big-event-for-mental-health
In Australia, one in five will have a mental illness in their lifetime, but all Australians have been impacted by the current pandemic this year in some way, both on a personal and a societal level. The message for Australians on World Mental Health Day is,
“Look after your mental health Australia!”
This campaign encourages Australians to follow #LookAfterYourMentalHealthAustralia and #InThisTogether on social media to find out more and to shar your own tips on how to look after your mental health and well-being.
Click here to find out more about this campaign, https://lookafteryourmentalhealthaustralia.org.au
So hang in there, reach out for support when you need it, and do what you can to participate in this global initiative.
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Dr. Lillian Nejad is a clinical psychologist and author based in Melbourne.