World Mental Health Day 2023 – Check Date, History, Theme and Impact


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10th October is celebrated as the International Mental Health Day celebrated to raise awareness on the various issues pertaining to mental health across the globe. Let’s learn more about it in this post.

Multiple aspects can give rise to mental health issues. Some of these factors can be associated with your external conditions, while others may be related to your biology. Psychological trauma, loss of loved ones, feeling neglected etc., are some of the things that might cause mental trouble among people. Stress and anxiety are also among some of the reasons that cause Mental health issues, especially in the current scenario of fast paced life. The objective of celebrating World Mental Health Day on October 10th every year is to enhance awareness among people about the various issues of mental health around the world and to support people in dealing with such issues. Let’s understand the situation in a better way in this post.

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World Mental Health Day History

There was a time when people considered mental health issues as social stigma. No one liked to talk about it. Thus, people used to hide if someone in the family suffered from mental health conditions.

To raise awareness about these issues and to make people accept mental health illnesses as any other disease, the event of World Mental Health Day was initiated. Through this event, people were educated about mental health as well as created awareness to support against this social stigma.

The first celebration of Mental Health Day was initiated on October 10 in the year 1992 by World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), which is an organization of global mental health with branches in over 150 countries.

Over the years, the situation of Mental health has seen immense changes since the World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH) officially founded the mental health day on 10th Oct. In fact, most of the changes seen across the globe are positive and have changed for the betterment of the society.

People, over the years, have become more self-aware and sensitive towards mental conditions. The language and the attitude towards mentally disturbed people have also changed over the years. However, despite all the learning and changes that society has seen, there is still much more scope.

When the World Mental Health Day was created, the organizers were still unsure about a precise objective of the Day except to advocate mental health conditions as a whole. They had a challenging road ahead to change a plethora of things that were making the difficult situation of mental health all the more worse for people. With constant work on the global scale, the WFMH could make immense changes in the situation and improve the mental health service quality across the globe.

The event saw numerous themes and encompassed numerous causes of mental health among women, children and their health as well as trauma, suicide, work related and other issues.  As a result, mental health illness is not seen as a stigma anymore. People are more aware and knowledgeable about such conditions than they were a decade ago.

Theme of World Mental Health Day 2023

The theme for World Mental Health Day is “Mental Health in an Unequal World’.  The theme was announced officially by the World Federation for Mental Health.

Global Impact of World Mental Health Day

As a worldwide impact on World Mental Health Day, many incidents took place across the globe which gave rise to more discussions on the subject. It created  further awareness as new themes were conceived and several aspects of mental health became common globally.

How to know if someone has mental health issues?

In some cases, it becomes difficult for the people to understand if they are suffering from mental health issues unless they consult a mental health expert.  Thus, it is essential to consult professional help in case you have any serious mental health condition.  Some of the common signs of mental health issues are change in appetite, change in sleep pattern, instant mood changes, withdrawal symptoms, having problems in rational thinking and so on.

To Sum Up

Mental health issues like other illnesses are increasing in recent times. These diseases like others have the potential to cause a hole in your pocket. So, it is always better to look for good health insurance plans to  save you from the financial crisis that it might create. Further, a health insurance policy is also required to cover the costs incurred on healthcare on a regular basis.

On this World Mental Health Day, make sure to cover yourself and your family members against several health conditions including mental health issues by buying a health insurance plan for your complete family. This way, you can be better equipped to give mental health conditions a tough fight.

Also read: List of Diseases Covered under Health Insurance Policy in India

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