World Mental Health Day

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World Mental Health Day is observed every year on October 10.

Important facts

  • 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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