10th October, World Mental Health Day

October 10 is a day set aside each year dedicated to global mental health issues and to advocate against social stigma targeting victims of such psychological and physical abuse. Since 1992, World Mental Health Day has drawn attention to mental illnesses and the effects they can have on people’s lives.

“Evidence is growing that promoting and protecting adolescent health brings benefits not just to adolescents’ health, both in the short- and the long-term, but also to economies and society, withhealthy young adults able to make more significant contributions to the workforce, their families and communities and society as a whole(1)”.

It is clear that nurturing a mentally healthy mind is not only the responsibility of the individual but of society at large as it affects all of us in one way or another. After all, “it takes a village to raise a child”. On that note, how are our leaders shedding light on this issue worldwide?

“WHO region, there are 34.2 mental hospital beds per 100,000 population in the European region compared to under 20 beds per 100,000 in the American and Western Pacific regions and under or equal to 4 beds per 100,000 in all other regions (​​2)”.

Governments are turning their heads towards the issue. The more awareness that spreads in a region, the more regional authorities change their support systems respectively.

Clearly, in the EU and America, the average person has heard more about mental health issues, and hopefully about preventive measures, too. Meanwhile in other regions, even though, supposedly, people are in more need of help, governmental support for mental health professionals is extremely low.

How drastically can mental health predicaments change a family’s ability to make an income, provide a non-hostile environment, generate a positive impact, and nurture well-being and happiness for all affected?

What would society look like if we strived for mental health care for all and eliminated circumstances that prevent us from providing better support for the mentally ill?

You can always:

  1. Initiate conversations about the importance of mental health services in your country and around the globe
  2. Champion Good Health and Well-Being (SDG#3 ) by volunteering at www.aiesec.org
  3. Sponsor and encourage someone such as a cousin, child, niece or nephew to act upon the Global Goals by volunteering abroad for aiesec.org
  4. Help an AIESEC entity, present all over the world, by providing advice and financial support

Article was written by Krisztina Kapuvári (findyourownlight) and originally posted on 10th October 2018 on Alumnet of AIESEC Alumni International – the platform available only for registered AIESEC alumnus.

Reposted on “whatareyoustillwaitingfor” blog, available for public.

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of AAI.

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(1) http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2018/en/

(2) http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/272735/9789241514019-eng.pdf

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