October 10th, 2021 – World Mental Health Day
October 10th is annually recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as World Mental Health Day. This is a day to bring awareness to mental health conditions from which so many suffer around the world. Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD – to name a few of the countless conditions that affect people all around the world.
World Mental Health Day is here to remind us all that we are not alone in our struggles. Better days are to come, help is out there, hope is out there. Mental health professionals use the day to cultivate meaningful conversation about the work that they do, and those affected by mental health conditions can use this day to be a part of a global community of support. It is a time to share your story, listen to others’ stories, and feel a sense of warmth knowing that you are not alone.
Mental Health in an Unequal World
It is no secret that there are incredible disparities throughout the world when it comes to mental health. This is why the World Federation for Mental Health has declared this year’s Mental Health Day theme as ‘mental health in an unequal world’. Around the world, there is a lack of mental health professionals, lack of financial support for mental healthcare, and a lack of access.
With over 75 percent of people in low-income countries not having access to mental health treatment due to financial barriers, it seems as though only those who can afford the high price tag of healthcare have access to quality mental health counseling and treatment. This is a shocking and saddening number, yet a stark reality of the world we live in.
Movements are starting all around the world to bring awareness to the harsh realities that exist and try to create the change necessary that allows mental healthcare access to all – regardless of their financial situation. This is a cause greater than ourselves, greater than our communities, and even greater than our country. This calls for global participation from the top down to provide legislation, funding, and support that can change mental healthcare systems to allow for accessibility and healing.
The Bottom Line
Mental health struggles are world-wide, and everyone should have equal access to the help they need. Nobody should have to struggle alone. Join the conversation and movement toward equality in mental health services. If you or someone you love is struggling with a mental health condition, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Mental Health Center at Destination Hope understands the effects that mental health conditions can have on your life and can be your lifeline.