Each year, World Mental Health Day is recognized on October 10. The day was first recognized by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992 with the goal to raise awareness, educate and mobilize efforts in support of mental health. This year, the overall theme is “Young people and mental health in a changing world,” raising awareness to the feelings and experiences young people go through, that can lead to mental illness.
Research shows that about half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, with most cases going undetected and untreated. In terms of the burden of the disease among adolescents, depression is the third leading cause. In addition, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds.
Psychological and mental distress among young individuals can occur due to a variety of reasons, including a death in the family, an emergency crisis situation such as war or natural disasters. However, more and more we are seeing the use of online technologies can bring additional pressures. These instances are increasing in our society, making mental health and psychological first aid more important than ever. That is why it is imperative that people in mental distress receive both short-term and long-term support and attention.
This year, join us in observing World Mental Health Day and abolishing the stigma surrounding mental health.