World Mental Health Day 2020: World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for the world to come together and redress the historical neglect of mental health. Serious commitments to scale up investment in mental health right now amid COVID-19 will save the community from severe consequences. The readers would know a line of communication with Supreme God eradicates worldly sorrows. Reunion with The Supreme Kabir Saheb by taking name initiation from Enlightened Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj

World Mental Health Day 2020 Highlights

  • Significant world population close to 1 billion lives with a mental disorder
  • Alcohol kills 3 million people every year, and suicide kills one person every 40 seconds
  • Humiliation, bias, punishing legislation, and human rights abuse are widespread causes
  • 75 percent of people do not receive any treatment in middle and low-income countries
  • 1 in every six people face a common mental health problem
  • The Day is an opportunity for the world to come together and begin redressing the historical neglect of mental health
  • A line of communication with Supreme God removes miseries
  • Reunion with The Supreme Kabir Saheb by taking name initiation from Enlightened Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj

An Opportunity to Turn to Scale-up Mental Health

World Mental Health Day is celebrated on October 10 every year. Mental health is the most neglected area of public health—the world population’s significant portion, close to 1 billion lives with a mental disorder. Harmful alcohol use kills about 3 million people every year, and suicide kills one person every 40 seconds.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected billions of people worldwide, having a further impact on people’s mental health. Very few people do have access to quality mental health services. In middle and low-income countries, three-fourths of people with mental, neurological, and substance use disorders receive no treatment for their condition. Moreover, humiliation, bias, punishing legislation, and human rights exploits are even widespread.

World Mental Health Day 2020 Theme

World Mental Health Day 2020 will be observed on 10 October with the theme ‘mental health for all‘.

Who Organizes World Mental Health Day?

The event is organized jointly by the World Health Organization, United for Global Mental Health, and the World Federation for Mental Health.

The World Health Organization offers global leadership in public health within the United Nations framework in 194 Member States. It promotes health, keeps the world safe, and serves the billion people for universal health coverage, to protect from health emergencies, and to provide with better health and well-being

Commenced at the UN in September 2018, a not-for-profit organization, United for Global Mental Health, brings the global mental health community collectively with governments, donors, and crusaders to support mental health. 

Established in 1948, The World Federation for Mental Health works amongst the nations and the public to improve the prevention of mental and emotional illnesses, the proper treatment and care of those with such diseases, and mental health promotion. The Federation is the originator of World Mental Health Day. 

World Mental Health Day 2020: An Occasion to Decide Upon Concrete Actions

The World Mental Health Day campaign consists of concrete actions supporting mental health, supporting the struggling people, employee wellness programs by employers, scaling-up mental health services by the governments, and propagating mental health care by journalists.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization:

“World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for the world to come together and begin redressing the historical neglect of mental health.”

“We are already seeing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s mental well-being, and this is just the beginning. Unless we make serious commitments to scale up investment in mental health right now, the health, social, and economic consequences will be far-reaching.”

Dr. Ingrid Daniels, President of the World Federation for Mental Health: “It is nearly 30 years since the World Federation launched the first World Mental Health Day for Mental Health.” “During that time, we have seen an increasing openness to talk about mental health in many countries of the world. But now we must turn words into actions. We need to see concerted efforts being made to build mental health systems that are appropriate and relevant for today’s – and tomorrow’s – world.”

Elisha London, Founder and CEO of United for Global Mental Health: “With so many people lacking access to good quality, appropriate mental health services, investment is needed now more than ever.” “Everyone everywhere can participate in this year’s campaign. Whether you have struggled with your mental health, know someone who has been affected, are a mental health expert, or if you believe that investing in mental health is the right thing to do, move for mental health, and help make mental health care and support accessible for everyone.”

World Mental Health Day 2020: Key Events

On October 9, United for Global Mental Health encourages people to participate in the virtual march. It organizes a 24-hour Livestream to feature people with life experience, influencers from the civil society groups, and mental health leaders. 

On October 10, the World Health Organization hosts a global online advocacy Event on mental health to showcase its work to reduce mental illness and the harmful use of alcohol and drugs. WHO Director-General and world-renowned musicians talk about their commitment to mental health. The sportsmen and women are affected by mental ill-health to share how they dealt with depression and anxiety. The event will also witness a Special Prize for a mental health film.

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World Federation for Mental Health starts education and awareness from September 1. Under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Iman Afzan Al-Sultan Abdullah of Malaysia, the Federation’s President launched the 2020 World Mental Health Day Campaign Educational Material “Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access. The Federation’s youth section organizes a Call to Action 2020 from Pamela Y. Collins and Deepa Rao. It will be followed by 45 days of awareness-raising activities. It involves a global online discussion forum and an art exhibition.  

What Are the Symptoms of Mental Health Problems?

Mental health symptoms may be mostly divided into two groups ‘neurotic’ and ‘psychotic.’ ‘Neurotic’ symptoms include common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, or panic.  

‘Psychotic’ symptoms are not common, not personal weaknesses, and can be diagnosed by a doctor.  Mental health problems depend upon the way one imagines, feels, and behaves. These are related to the perception of reality and may include hallucinations such as hearing, seeing, smelling, or feeling things that no one else can. 

  How Are Mental Health Problems Significant to People?

  • One in every six people faces a common mental health problem.
  • 1 in 10 people is affected by anxiety and depression that can be severe and long-lasting. It makes a significant impact on people’s ability to get on with life.
  • One or two in every 100 people experience severe mental illness. These may be bipolar disorder or schizophrenia happen when a person loses touch with reality. Such people may hear voices and see things that no one else. They feel irrational beliefs, unrealistically powerful.
  • Such people hide their feelings with others due to fear of other people’s reactions. Many people do have diagnosable for a mental health problem.

What Is the Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic on Mental Health?

The COVID-19 has impacted the society beyond regular mental health terms of elevated rates of stress or anxiety. The new scenario has changed the routines, livelihoods, increased loneliness, increased harmful alcohol and drug use, and more dangerously ignited suicidal behavior. Many humans have already heavily affected the mental health conditions due to a lack of service access and distortion in growth prospects.

Coronavirus pandemic outbreaks rapidly spread across the world. The masses never visualized such a situation where nothing is predictably induced a considerable degree of anxiety, nervousness, and unease in the population. It became prominent in certain groups such as older adults, students, care providers, and people with co-morbidities.

The pandemic has introduced new measures and impacts –

  • People who undergo a process of quarantine and their relatives 
  • Whose daily routine and livelihoods have impacted adversely
  • The frontline health workers, police, and public servants

How to Take Care of Mental Health?

It’s essential to look after yourself and get the most from life. Below are some practical ways to take care of mental health. Anyone can make simple changes without the investment of money and time.

  • Know about your feelings, and deal with times when you feel troubled.
  • Regular exercise boosts help to concentrate, sleep, and feel healthy.
  • Eat well; a good diet for your physical health is also good for your mental health.
  • No to drink alcohol and drugs. It affects only temporary, not an excellent way to manage complicated feelings.
  • Nothing better than catching up with someone face to face. A line of communication with the Supreme God will remove all miseries. The Supreme Kabir Saheb is Super Father, reunion with Him by taking name initiation from Enlightened Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj.
  • Few minutes break for SatBhakti that will de-stress well.
  • Do some service as directed by Satguru that you love doing. Leave rest to Supreme Father. It will boost self-confidence.
  • Listen to Satguru Rampal Ji Maharaj’s sermons at Satlok Ashram YouTube Channel and read His book Way of Living.

World Mental Health Day 2020: Quotes

“Make healthy choices for your body and mind”

“Nothing can torment you as much as your thoughts”

“One may have to fight a battle more than once”

“Own mind becomes the enemy if not adequately controlled”

“One can control everything provided remain relax and have faith in God”

“Mental health is a priority; take self-care as if it is a necessity”

“Progress is a lifelong journey that takes place one step at a time”

“Keep calm and controlled mind always to achieve goals”