World Mental Health Day returns on 10th October 2018. The World Federation for Mental Health started the campaign in 1992 with the aim of raising awareness of mental health issues, combating stigma and illustrating how it can affect people around the world.
Special focus for 2018’s campaign
For 2018, the theme is young people and how we help manage mental health in a rapidly changing world. Although mental health issues can affect anyone, there is a particular urgency for young people who are in need of help. The need to address services for young people has been widely acknowledged and the NHS is already halfway through an ambitious programme to significantly expand access to mental health services by 2021.
A report by the charity YoungMinds confirms that these changes couldn’t come soon enough. Their report found that 76% of children had become more unwell whilst waiting for access to treatment. And 69% were not told of any other forms of support whilst they were waiting for treatment to become available.
Although there is a special focus on the young for this year’s campaign, mental health issues can affect anyone from any background. It’s reported that 4 – 10% of people in England will experience depression at some point in their life.
Nobody is impervious to experiencing mental health challenges. Yet despite this fact, mental health is unfortunately an area which is still associated with a lot of stigma. This means that people can take longer before seeking out treatment which can lead to the worsening of a symptoms.
World Mental Health day is an opportunity to for people to speak out, educate themselves on what to look out for in others and seek help if you’re suffering in silence.