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Mental Health in an unequal world

By: Sidra Ahmer , Clinical Psychologist & Journalist

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World Mental Health Day is observed on 10th October every year, to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

Mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health. About 1 billion people are living with mental disorders; 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol, and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide. social stigma, discrimination, and human rights abuses of people with mental health condition further precipitate disorders.
1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem each year. That could be a family member, a friend, a colleague, or it could be you. The Big Mental Health Get Together is all about creating a supportive environment for people to reconnect and to talk about mental health if they want to.
It can be a picnic in the park, a coffee and cake break with colleagues, a book club, or a  party to celebrate being able to connect with others again.
Due to Covid, pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health.

Everyone, everywhere can participate in this year’s campaign: as individuals, to take concrete actions in support of our own mental health, and to support friends and family who are struggling  with any mental health issue.

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