World Mental Health Day
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World Mental Health Day is observed every year on October 10.
The day is celebrated across the world to raise awareness about the importance of mental health.
According to the World Health Organisation, this day provides an opportunity for all people working on mental health issues to speak about their work.
The day highlights the importance of how efforts towards mental health are important and what needs to be done next.
The theme for 2022 - ‘Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority’.
Background of the day
World Mental Health Day was first observed on 10 October 1992.
It was an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global organization with over 150 member countries.
This day was initiated by Richard Hunter, Deputy Secretary General of World Federation for Mental Health.
World Mental Health Day was celebrated for the first time in 1994 with a specific theme 'Improving the quality of mental health services around the world'.
Mental health status in India
WHO estimates that around 7.5 percent of Indians suffer from some mental disorder.
56 million Indians suffer from depression and 38 million Indians suffer from anxiety-related disorders.
According to WHO, there is a huge shortage of psychiatrists in India.
India accounts for 36.6 percent of suicides globally.
Initiatives of Government of India
National Mental Health Programme (NMHP) in 1982
Mental Healthcare Act, 2017
Manodarpan Initiative provides psycho-social support to students for their mental health and well-being.
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