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World Mental Health Day: Messages to raise awareness on mental well being

October 10 is observed as World Mental Health Day across the globe every year.

World Mental Health Day: Messages to raise awareness on mental well being
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October 10 is observed as World Mental Health Day across the globe every year. This day is meant to raise awareness on mental health issues and garner support on initiatives related to mental health and well-being. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 has majorly impacted people's mental health. "Some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. And services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted," stated the WHO on its website.

However, the WHO feels, not everything is lost, and there is cause for optimism. "During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from around the world recognised the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels. And some countries have found new ways of providing mental health care to their populations," stated the WHO.

During this year's World Mental Health Day 2021 campaign, the WHO will showcase such efforts made in some of these countries so that it's an inspiration for others. The WHO's campaign slogan for World Mental Health Day 2021 is "Mental health care for all: let's make it a reality".

On World Mental Health Day 2021, here are a few posts on Koo that capture why mental health is so important.

Highlighting the need for good mental health, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated that it enabled people to "realize their potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and contribute to their communities".

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