World Mental Health Day 2020: Mental Health for All
World Mental Health Day 2020 is recognized by the World Health Organization and is celebrated each year on October 10th. 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.
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.
Mental health is just as important as physical health.
- Depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents and adults. According to the World Health Organization, someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds.
- 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 the CDC, 4.4 million children aged 3-17 have been diagnosed with anxiety.
- From the same source, 1.9 million children aged 3-17 have been diagnosed with depression.
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.
- Organize your 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 Organization’s social media channels: YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, or TikTok. The event will start at 10:00 ET 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 student mental health?
Here at Impero, we put student safety and wellbeing first. That’s why earlier this year, we launched Impero back:drop, our free tool for schools to effectively manage and record student safety concerns. Impero back:drop helps 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: