October 10: World Mental Health Day
The World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is observed every year on 10 October to raise awareness about mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.
Observance of the day seeks to provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work and measures to be taken to make mental health care a reality for the people.
2016 theme: “Psychological First Aid”. It highlights importance of both psychological and social support to persons suffering from mental health issues.
The 2016 WMHD campaign aims to encourage people to take personal ownership of their own mental health and wellbeing. It focuses on a simple, personal mental health promise that can be made by anyone, regardless of their own mental health.
Background: The World Mental Health Day is an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) and is recognised by World Health Organisation (WHO). It was first celebrated in 1992.