World Mental Health Day
Richard Hunter was the founder of World Mental Health Day. The purpose of this day was to start promoting mental health awareness. Mental Health Awareness was first observed on the 10th of October 1992. Thousands of people and professional groups from all over the word gather to celebrate Mental awareness.
What is important in our life is for all individuals to have a good life. But what is a good life? By referring to good life we mean that people should have a good quality of mental and physical health. What we need to have in mind is that physical health and mental health come together, and we should not treat them separately. We must not isolate them from one another because they both play a big impact in one’s life. For example, Cancer, diabetes, chronic pain, cardiovascular and respiratory disease should not be considered as being seen individually from mental and emotional aspects.
Another issue that has taken place during the last two years is the Covid pandemic which has affected millions of people worldwide. This pandemic has a major impact on people’s everyday life both physically and emotionally. Something also that we must take in mind is that this day is also a day to fight against emotional stigma which is associated with Mental issues.
Some of the most important warning signs of mental illness are:
- excessive paranoia
- Extreme mood changes
- social withdrawal
- changes in eating patterns
- changes in sleeping patterns
Also, some of the main groups associated with mental health disorders are:
- Personality disorders
- Psychotic disorders
- Trauma related disorders such as PTSD
- substance abuse
- mood disorders
- anxiety disorders
What is important to note down is that people with mental disorders do not receive their treatments as they are supposed to. This often leads to stigmatizing that has to do both with their families and themselves. People who suffer from Mental illnesses experience great discrimination in their everyday lives.
There is insufficient quality provided to all people suffering from Mental health issues.
We all need to support and raise mental health awareness.