October 10th is the day dedicated to raising awareness on mental health issues across the world. The day is observed in more than 100 countries and is supported by the United Nations. One out of every four people around the world will experience a mental illness that would benefit from diagnosis and treatment. World Mental Health Day was created to bring much needed attention to this issue.
The theme of the year’s World Mental Health Day is “Mental Health and Older Adults.” Organizations promoting World Mental Health Day want to focus on the positive aspect of mental health in older adults. While most of us are aware of the mental health problems the elderly face, such as loneliness, isolation, dementia and depression, organizations want to concentrate on that fact that average people over the age of 55 have greater life satisfaction that younger individuals.
Activities on October 10th include:
- Officials signing the World Mental Health Day proclamation
- Public service announcements
- Educational lectures and distribution of information regarding mental health issues
- Awards to individual or organizations who have made significant contributions to improving mental health issues
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