A Brief History of World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day is a day of spreading awareness, a day of educating people, and declining the social stigma that having a mental problem is something to be ashamed of. If we talk about the beginning of Mental Health day, then it all started in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health.
The organization used to have an annual activity related to Mental Health Awareness. Now, members from more than 150 countries are in contact with these organizations. The first-ever World Mental Health Day was commemorated on October 10th, 1992. The day is now officially observed each year on the 10th of October.
Difference Between Mental Health Day And World Mental Health Day
Mental Health Day and World Mental Health Day are the two terms that look a lot similar and so many people think of them as the same day. Both these terms are related to spreading awareness about the growing mental issues and the various ways to tackle these issues.
World Mental Health Day is celebrated globally to mitigate the social dilemma by encouraging patients with mental health problems to step forward and express their conditions and hence get themselves treated most appropriately. This also involves educating the society as a whole to accept and support others who are suffering from these crucial diseases.
On the other hand, Mental Health Day is just a day in most first World Countries when the employees in an organization take leave or request for leave in case of poor mental health rather than physical illness. So the two terms might seem to be similar but they are based on totally different concepts.
Does Mental Health Is More Important Than Physical Health?
Both mental and physical health have their importance. One cannot compare these two terms. A good mental and physical health is crucial for living a normal and healthy life. Unfortunately, most people prioritize physical health over mental health merely because of unawareness. You can easily recover from most physical problems through proper medication.
However, mental illness cannot be completely cured by medicines. A patient suffering from mental problems has to take medications throughout his life. In addition, mental problems like depression, anxiety, etc. when unattended, can lead to other physical problems. So, at least we cannot say that physical health is more important than mental health rather, both need to be treated as soon as possible.
This year too, World Mental Health Day will be celebrated on Saturday, October 10th, 2020. Each year the World Health Organization announces a theme that is accepted throughout the world. Most of the time, the topic of the theme is selected based on the prevailing cause of mental illness in the respected year.
This year the theme is not yet decided, however keeping in mind the prevailing mental health issues amid Covid-19, the organization may decide something related to it. Until then, we have to wait for an official announcement by WHO.
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In short, we all should step forward in making it a common practice for people to discuss their mental issues openly with absolutely no hesitation and without being afraid of facing any backlash from society. Together we can make this initiative successful and help promote a better environment and improve the overall living standard of our society.