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[5][6]
2018 Young people and mental health in a changing world
2017 Mental health in the workplace
2016 Psychological First Aid
2015 Dignity in Mental Health
2014 Living with Schizophrenia
2013 Mental health and older adults
2012 Depression: A Global Crisis
2011 The Great Push: Investing in Mental Health
2010 Mental Health and Chronic Physical Illnesses
2009 Mental Health in Primary Care: Enhancing Treatment and Promoting Mental Health
2008 Making Mental Health a Global Priority: Scaling up Services through Citizen Advocacy and Action
2007 Mental Health in A Changing World: The Impact of Culture and Diversity
2006 Building Awareness – Reducing Risk: Mental Illness & Suicide
2005 Mental and Physical Health Across the Life Span
2004 The Relationship Between Physical & Mental Health: co-occurring disorders
2003 Emotional and Behavioural Disorders of Children & Adolescents
2002 The Effects of Trauma and Violence on Children & Adolescents
2000-01 Mental Health and Work
1999 Mental Health and Ageing
1998 Mental Health and Human Rights
1997 Children and Mental Health
1996 Women and Mental Health

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jenkins, Rachel; Lynne Friedli; Andrew McCulloch; Camilla Parker (2002). Developing a National Mental Health Policy. Psychology Press. p. 65. ISBN 978-1-84169-295-1.
  2. ^ Watson, Robert W. (2006). White House Studies Compendium, Volume 5. Nova Science Publishers. p. 69. ISBN 978-1-60021-542-1.
  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
  5. ^ "WHO | Previous World Mental Health Days".
  6. ^ "World Mental Health Day History - World Federation for Mental Health". World Federation for Mental Health. Retrieved 2018-10-04.

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