World Mental Health Day

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World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.[1] It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.[2] This day, each October, thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on peoples' life worldwide.[3] In some countries this day is part of an awareness week, such as Mental Health Week in Australia.[4]

World Mental Health Day themes[edit]

Year Theme
2017 Mental health in the workplace
2016 Psychological First Aid
2015 Dignity in Mental Health
2014 Living with Schizophrenia

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jenkins, Rachel; Lynne Friedli; Andrew McCulloch; Camilla Parker (2002). Developing a National Mental Health Policy. Psychology Press. p. 65. ISBN 1-84169-295-6. 
  2. ^ Watson, Robert W. (2006). White House Studies Compendium, Volume 5. Nova Science Publishers. p. 69. ISBN 1-60021-542-4. 
  3. ^ "World Mental Health Day". Mental Health in Family Medicine. 7 (1): 59–60. 2010. 
  4. ^ Mental Health Week: 7 Ways You Can Get Involved 2 October 2015 Retrieved 15 October 2015

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