Every October 10 is World Mental Health Day….which means it’s coming up tomorrow!
Mental disorders affect nearly 12% of the world’s population – approximately 450 million or one out of every four people around the world will experience a mental illness that would benefit from diagnosis and treatment. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide, yet unfortunately, less than 1/3 of those affected will receive any care or treatment. Mental health and mental illness is a part of every country, culture, age group and socio-economic status.
Just before the World Mental Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) released their mhGAP (Mental Health Gap Action Program) Intervention Guide for mental, neurological, and substance-abuse disorders in non-specialized health settings. In a speech for the occasion, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. M.D. noted that more than 150 million people suffer from depression worldwide, 125 million people from alcohol-use disorders, 40 million people from epilepsy, 24 million from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and that every year, nearly one million people die from suicide.
I wanted to know what people were doing for this World Mental Health Day. I did find that the European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness (EUFAMI) had a list of some commemorative events that are held at different places around Europe.