World Mental Health Day 2020: Mental Health for All
10th October 2020
World Mental Health Day 2020 is recognised by the World Health Organisation and is celebrated each year on the 10th of October. It was first observed in 1992 and ever since has been celebrated by giving professionals a platform to speak about mental health and in turn help raise awareness for global mental health problems. This year’s theme is ‘Mental Health for All’, with an emphasis on having greater investment and greater access to mental health care services, for anyone and everyone.
The current global health emergency due to COVID-19 has impacted the lives of millions around the world, especially when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. Isolation, anxiety, stress, loneliness. Many students now spend their new school year alone, behind their laptop, and for adults, they must face the uncertainty of their future. World Mental Health Day 2020 aims to shed a light on these issues and helps the world heal.
We all know mental health is just as important as physical health, but do you know the true reality of its importance? These statistics show the importance we’re talking about.
- Depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents and adults. According to the World Health Organisation, every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide.
- In numerous European countries, suicide is one of the main causes of death in young people.
- The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey shows an increase in the prevalence of common mental disorders for young adults between the age of 16 to 24. Read more here.
- 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
- According to a survey made by the Guardian in 2019, from 38,000 UK students, 44.7% admitted using alcohol or drugs to cope with their problems and 50.3% of the students reported thoughts of self-harm.
4 things you can do this World Mental Health Day 2020
World Mental Health Day 2020: the campaign – this initiative urges people to take care of their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of their loved ones. Considering the recent pandemic, all campaign activities will be held online.
- A 24-hour Facebook livestream will present content from experts, people with lived experience and influencers around the world. Join, listen and be inspired.
- Organise you own online activity – you can find resources and help here.
- The Big Event for Mental Health – a global online advocacy event on mental health. You can watch it from World Health Organisation’s social media channels: YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or TikTok. The event will start at 10:00 New York, 16:00 Geneva, 19:30 New Delhi and it will continue for three hours.
- For World Mental Health Day 2020, share your event and your support on social media, using the following hashtags: #worldmentalhealthday, #mentalhealthawareness, #mentalhealth
What are we doing to help improve mental health among students?
Here at Impero, we put student safety and wellbeing first. That’s why earlier this year, we launched Impero back:drop, our free-forever tool for schools to effectively manage and record student safety concerns. Creating a full safeguarding timeline for each student, Impero back:drop enables schools to identify at-risk students and intervene early.
We believe all schools should have the tools to effectively monitor student’s mental health, no matter what the circumstance. Sign-up for free today here.
If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, here are some useful resources: