World Mental Health Month takes place this October with World Mental Health Day on Sunday October 10th.
The goal of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health
This year’s theme is ‘’Mental Health in an Unequal World’.
This theme highlights that access to mental health services remains unequal, with between 75% to 95% of people with mental health challenges in low and middle income countries unable to access mental health services at all.
Let that sink in. There are some of us living in the world who cannot access the support we need, when we need it, leaving basic human needs unmet.
What is a Human Library?
A human library is where people are on loan to readers rather than books to share their story and start safe conversations about their lives. The aim is to challenge preconceptions of mental health by sharing unique stories to show that no chapter is the same and to encourage people to ‘un-judge’ a book by its cover and read between the lines.
We are inviting you to read the Human Library stories shared by our remarkable contributors below and perhaps to host your own Human Library event to celebrate World Mental Health Month by championing diversity and equality in your own world and beyond.