World Mental Health Day will take place on October 10th and the theme this year is Mental Health for All – Greater Investment – Greater Access. Everyone, everywhere.
The World Economic Forum (2018) noted that mental health illnesses are on the rise in every country in the world and could cost the global economy up to $16 trillion between 2010 and 2030. We could be facing an international mental health crisis if a collective response is not addressed.
The World Federation for Mental Health who decide the theme for WMHD each year state that mental health is a human right – it’s time that mental health is available for all.
Quality, accessible primary health care is the foundation for universal health coverage and is urgently required as the world grapples with the current health emergency. We therefore need to make mental health a reality for all – for everyone, everywhere.
With the launch of our new Mental Health Policy in Ireland – Sharing the Vision – recently, our Government are being asked to invest more in making these actions and recommendations a reality.
You too can play your part. Greater investment can include taking time to learn more about mental health, our wellbeing, and the services in our community that can better support our mental health and wellbeing. By learning more about mental health and wellbeing, we can become empowered to take control and improve our wellbeing.
Mental Health Ireland is currently planning a range of activities through the support of our Development Officers, Mental Health Associations and partners. Please check our website for details in the run up to October 10th.
Watch this space!