10 October: World Mental Health Day
The World Mental Health Day was observed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on October 10, 2018 with an aim to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.
The theme of 2018 World Mental Health Day was ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World’.
The age of adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes take place. These can also be the times of stress and anxiety. If not managed and handled well, these feelings can lead to mental illness.
Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. Luckily, there is a growing recognition of the importance of helping young people build mental resilience in order to cope with the challenges of today’s world.
Adolescents and young adults can be helped in building mental resilience from an early age to prevent mental distress and illness among. Prevention begins with being aware of and understanding the early warning signs and symptoms of mental illness.
Key facts on Adolescent mental health
• One in six people are aged 10–19 years.
• The mental health conditions account for 16 percent of the global burden of disease and injury in people aged between 10-19 years.
• Half of all mental health conditions start by 14 years of age but most cases are undetected and untreated.
• Globally, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents.
• Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-19 year olds.
• The Day was first celebrated in the year 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organisation with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.
• The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work.
• Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression and more than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders.
• A recent WHO-led study estimated that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy USD 1 trillion each year in lost productivity.
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