Monday, October 8, 2012

What all is done on World Mental Health Day?

This year World Mental Health Day would be celebrated on 10th Oct worldwide. Some of you might even wonder that why we celebrate mental health day. To many people the word mental has a different meaning which means that the person is insane, crazy or foolish. But mental health is equally important as Physical health. The general definition of health even says, Health is a state of physical and mental well being. Physical health is well taken care off but much less or say nothing is done to make mental health better.

What is Mental Health and what all the World Health Organization does on the World Health Day?

WHO defines Mental health as," not just the absence of mental disorder. A state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community ".

This year the World Mental Health Day would be celebrated with the theme," Depression: A Global Crisis ". More than 350 million people are affected globally by depression and what is surprising to note is that now the number of children facing depression is increasing. What surprises medecure is that in the year 2004 unipolar depressive disorders were ranked as the third leading cause of the global burden of the disease as per the report generated by World Health Organization?

But let us focus on what would be done this year is to promote the message that it is easy to overcome mental health issues and depression is treatable. The governments and civil society worldwide would be engaged in activities through which people could be made aware. The people could be educated that they should not ignore the early signs of depression. They should not feel low and confide these signs to themselves rather they should seek the help of their family members, friends and colleagues and if required even consult a psychologist or psychiatrist.

Medecure appreciates the efforts and the pains taken up by World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH) to make people aware about maintaining good mental health.


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