• World Mental Health Day is an internationally-recognized holiday that occurs each year on October 10th. This day marks a time to remember the importance of our mental health and to become educated about mental health conditions, self-care, and treatment options. 
  • For World Mental Health Day 2022, the theme is to “make mental health for all a global priority.” Green ribbons have been traditionally used to showcase support. 
  • World Mental Health Day 2022 is an excellent opportunity to learn more about rates of mental illness in America, where over 30% of young adults 18-25 suffer from at least one mental health condition, among other startling statistics. 
  • Ways to actively become involved in World Mental Health Day include volunteering your time, sharing online resources or media content, reading a book that focuses on a character’s struggles with mental health, seeing a counselor or psychiatric provider, and more.

Just as physical health is supported by proper diet, exercise, and rest, our mental health is just as multi-faceted. Mental health consists of our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. 

In recognition of the importance of mental health awareness and treatment, World Mental Health Day is celebrated annually on October 10th. This global holiday is a time when we are all encouraged to improve our knowledge about mental health conditions, self-care routines, treatment options, and more. 

You can also take part by supporting the local, regional, and national organizations that are dedicated to these efforts year-round—starting by volunteering your time, or sharing electronic resources throughout your social network and workplace. And if needed, schedule a session with a Thriveworks therapist or nurse practitioner today.

What Is World Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health Day is a global observance that raises awareness of mental health issues, promotes open discussions around mental well-being, and mobilizes efforts to support mental health. It serves as a platform to reduce the stigma often associated with mental health challenges and encourages people to seek help when needed.

Mental health care providers and non-profit organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) strive to offer resources in observance of World Mental Health Day. The goal of sharing knowledge is to improve public understanding and awareness of mental health conditions.

Equally important, though, is the opportunity to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and illness, which is a substantial barrier that prevents some people from receiving treatment that could help them better manage their condition.

When Is World Mental Health Day 2023?

World Mental Health Day is observed annually on October 10th. In 2023, it falls on a Tuesday, but the specific events and activities may take place in the days leading up to or following this date.

World Mental Health Day is important because many people are struggling with mental health issues which aren’t always obvious to the people around them. In fact, The Zebra reports that:

  • Approximately 26% of individuals in the United States aged 18 and older are living with a mental disorder that can be diagnosed.
  • Nearly half of the American population will go through a period of mental illness during their lifetimes.
  • In the United States, 4.5 million children have been diagnosed with anxiety and are living with this condition.
  • The most prevalent mental disorders among children are ADHD, behavioral issues, anxiety, and depression.
  • Globally, an estimated 322 million individuals are dealing with the challenges of depression.
  • Worldwide, nearly 800 million people are affected by mental health disorders.

Our loved ones, our neighbors, and the people we pass on the street could be fighting battles that we know nothing about—we should remember to be kind.

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How Do You Observe World Mental Health Day?

Observing World Mental Health Day involves a range of activities aimed at promoting mental well-being and understanding. Some common ways to observe this day include:

  • Educational events: Organize or attend workshops, seminars, and conferences that provide information about mental health, its importance, and strategies for maintaining good mental well-being.
  • Community engagement: Participate in community events or volunteer opportunities that focus on mental health awareness. These events may include art exhibitions, music performances, and open forums for discussions.
  • Social media campaigns: Share posts and stories on social media platforms to spread awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues. Many organizations and individuals use the hashtag #WorldMentalHealthDay to contribute to the conversation.
  • Fundraising: Support mental health charities or organizations through fundraising efforts to help provide resources and assistance to those in need.
  • Educational resources: Access and share educational resources, articles, and videos related to mental health to increase understanding and offer guidance to others.
  • Self-care: Take time for self-care activities that promote your mental well-being, such as practicing mindfulness, exercising, or seeking relaxation techniques.
  • Support others: Reach out to friends, family, and colleagues who may be experiencing mental health challenges. Offer support, listen, and encourage them to seek help when needed.
  • Seek professional help: If you are struggling with your own mental health, World Mental Health Day can serve as a reminder to reach out to mental health professionals for guidance and support.

Observing World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to contribute to a more compassionate and informed society when it comes to mental health. It emphasizes the importance of mental well-being for individuals, communities, and nations around the world—and if you need support, Thriveworks is here to help.

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