World Mental Health Day, 10 October

October 10, 2022

The overall objective of this day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a global crisis for mental health. In addition to the isolation and anxiety which undermined the mental health of millions, there was a severe disruption of mental health services and a widening of the treatment gap for mental health conditions.

Furthermore, huge social and economic inequalities, the escalation of wars and other forms of violence, public health emergencies, natural disasters, the uprooting and migration of peoples at unprecedented levels all affect the mental health of individuals and communities, locally and globally.

This year the World Health Organization is partnering with other organizations to launch a campaign around the theme: Making Mental Health and Well-Being for all a Global Reality. This initiative aims to bring together people with mental health conditions, advocates, governments, employers and other stakeholders to increase awareness about which preventive mental health interventions work and what needs to be done to ensure that everyone has equal access to the mental health care they need.