The World Mental Health Day is celebrated every year, since 1992, on the 10th of October, in order to raise awareness of mental health issues.
Mental diseases are on the rise, especially in modern societies. According to WHO, nearly 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression and 21 million from schizophrenia. Very few people actually seek for support and professional aid. At the initiative of WHO and the World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH), the 10th of October has been established as the World Mental Health Day in order to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.
The World Federation of Mental Health was founded in 1948 and aims to promote mental health and prevent mental and emotional disorders.
This years’ theme is ‘Dignity in Mental Health-Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All’.