Every year, “World Mental Health Day 2021” is celebrated on October 10 at the international level. The day is celebrated to raise awareness about mental health issues and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health, like never before. The mental health of many, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, has been particularly affected.

“During this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign, we will showcase the efforts made in some of these countries and encourage you to highlight positive stories as part of your own activities, as an inspiration to others,” read the official site of WHO.

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As per the World Health Organisation, depression one of the commonest mental health illness is one of the leading causes of disability while suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-old. 

World Mental Health Day 2021: Theme and campaign 

This year, the day would be celebrated under the theme – “Mental health in an unequal world”. In 2021, the campaign for the day is – “Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality”. 

World Mental Health Day 2021: History

For the first time, the day was celebrated on 10 October 1992 as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health. In 1994, for the first time, the day was celebrated under a theme, the first theme was – “Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services throughout the World”.

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World Mental Health Day 2021: Quotes

  • “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of but stigma and bias shame us all”. – Bill Clinton
  • “Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with.” – Adam Ant
  • “I found that with depression, one of the most important things you can realize is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it, you’re not gonna be the last to go through it”. — Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)
  • “Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but, importantly, YOU ARE NOT THE RAIN”. — Matt Haig

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