World Mental Health Day: A Celebration of Universal Human Rights

World Mental Health Day, observed annually on October 10th, stands as a testament to the growing recognition of mental health’s significance in our lives. This day, instituted by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) in 1992, serves as a global platform to raise awareness about mental health issues, reduce stigma, and advocate for better mental health services.

According to WHO, 1 in every 8 people in the world live with a mental disorder.

Depression is one of the leading causes of disability, and suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds. People with severe mental health conditions die prematurely – as much as two decades early – due to preventable physical conditions. World Mental Health Day spotlights these staggering statistics by employing awareness campaigns, thematic focus, data sharing, public events, grassroots movements, and social media activism. These efforts drive dialogue, action, and advocacy, emphasizing the extent of global mental health challenges.

Each year, a theme is decided on to encourage a positive direction and raise awareness for mental health issues. In 2021, this was “Mental Health in an Unequal World” as It brought the focus on those who had other long-term health conditions, single parents, and marginalized groups that are at a higher risk for mental health issues. In 2022, the theme was “Making Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority” and it referenced various worldwide issues that have worsened global mental health.

The theme this year is to acknowledge that “Mental Health Is A Universal Human Right” particularly the right to health and the right to be free from discrimination. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) recognizes the right of every individual to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. The UDHR also upholds the right to be free from discrimination in all forms. Stigma and discrimination against individuals with mental health conditions represent a violation of this fundamental human right. World Mental Health Day’s focus on reducing stigma aligns with the objective of ensuring that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their mental health status.

At LifeStance, our mission is to help people lead healthier, more fulfilling lives by improving access to trusted, affordable, and personalized mental healthcare. Today and every day, we support the universal human right to quality mental health.

Watch our video commemorating World Mental Health Day:

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LifeStance Health

LifeStance is a mental healthcare company focused on providing evidence-based, medically driven treatment services for children, adolescents, and adults suffering from a variety of mental health issues in an outpatient care setting, both in-person and through its digital health telemedicine offering.