World Mental Health Day

October 10th; it’s finally here! What, you don’t know? It’s World Mental Health Day. Let’s be honest, you probably didn’t know – but neither did I before looking it up. That’s the importance of this: to bring awareness to the worldwide event.

Established by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), this international event occurs annually on the same day to achieve goals surrounding mental health. The theme for this year’s event is “Dignity in Mental Health”. Organizations all around the world are taking part in raising awareness for what it’s like to live with a mental illness and why it shouldn’t be feared, discriminated against, or stigmatized.

Approximately 1 in 4 people worldwide live with a mental illness. People who suffer from mental illnesses deserve to live with dignity no matter what their case may be. If you’re currently suffering or have previously suffered, you have the power to share your experience to those who may have absolutely no idea how inhibiting life can be with a mental illness. Share your story on social media platforms using the hashtags #IAmStigmaFree and #MHAW15. This not only informs those who are unaware, but can additionally allow you to enter a competition to win one of many prizes! 

Mental illnesses aren’t always severe and noticeable. Sometimes even the bubbliest of individuals suffer from depression and/or anxiety. Someone with a broken leg can’t walk just as much as someone who suffers with mental health issues find it hard to complete tasks as simple as getting out of bed or eating. Be kind to one another, be understanding, stay informed, and help bring awareness to this annual event. A little can go a long way.

#IAmStigmaFree

#MHAW15

 

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