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World Mental Health Day

Take time to focus on your mental health this World Mental Health Day - practice self-care and prioritize your wellbeing!
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Introduction

World Mental Health Day on October 10 is a day to celebrate mental health awareness and promote the importance of positive mental health. This day was first declared by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992. It is an opportunity for people to come together, talk about their issues and share support with one another. Let's use this day as a chance to spread positivity, understanding, compassion and kindness towards ourselves and others!

History of World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1948</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>WHO Establishment</div><div class='timeline-text'>The World Health Organization (WHO) is established, promoting overall health, including mental health, globally.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1961</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>WHO Department of Mental Health</div><div class='timeline-text'>The WHO establishes its Department of Mental Health to specifically address mental health issues.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1967</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Formation of WFMH</div><div class='timeline-text'>The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) is founded, helping to promote mental health awareness and advocacy worldwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1992</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First World Mental Health Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The WFMH and WHO observe the first World Mental Health Day on October 10.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mental Health Action Plan</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first Mental Health Action Plan is launched by the WHO after the 54th World Health Assembly.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2013</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>WHO's Comprehensive MH Action Plan</div><div class='timeline-text'>The 66th World Health Assembly endorses the WHO’s comprehensive mental health action plan for 2013-2020.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Mental Health Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take a mental health day</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the day off from all of your normal commitments and give yourself a mental health break! This could mean sleeping in, taking a walk, reading a book, or just doing something that brings you joy.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Seek out organizations in your area that are dedicated to promoting mental health awareness and volunteer your time. You can help out with events, write blog posts, or just lend an ear to someone who needs it.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Practice self-care</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to do something special for yourself. Go on a hike, get a massage, have a spa day, or just take some time to relax and unwind.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your story</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share your experience with mental health with the people around you. This is an important step in destigmatizing mental illness and helping others feel comfortable talking about their own struggles.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Reach out for help</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, there is no shame in reaching out for help. There are many resources available online or through local organizations.</p></div></div>

Why World Mental Health Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises awareness of mental health issues</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Mental Health Day helps to bring attention to the various issues that people may face, such as depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. By discussing these topics, we can help to reduce the stigma around them and encourage people to seek help when needed.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages self-care</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The key to good mental health is taking time for yourself and practicing self-care. World Mental Health Day serves as a reminder to take time out of our busy lives in order to focus on ourselves and our own well being.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It educates people about mental health</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By starting conversations about mental health, people become more informed on the topics and how they affect both themselves and others. This not only helps to break down misconceptions about mental health but also allows us to better support each other in our daily lives.</p></div></div>

5 Enlightening Facts for World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day FAQs

When is World Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health Day is celebrated on October 10 every year. In 2024, World Mental Health Day will occur on a Thursday.

World Mental Health Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Oct 10

Tuesday

2024

Oct 10

Thursday

2025

Oct 10

Friday

2026

Oct 10

Saturday

2027

Oct 10

Sunday

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