World Mental Health Day 2021 | How to Raise Mental Health Awareness

World Mental Health Day 2021

World Mental Health Day is October 10, 2021. This year it will have been more than 18 months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In some countries, life is returning to some semblance of normality; in others, rates of transmission and hospital admissions remain high, disrupting the lives of families and communities. 

In all countries across the globe, the pandemic has had a major impact on 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.  At the same time, a WHO survey conducted in mid-2020 clearly showed that services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders had been significantly disrupted during the pandemic.

However there is some cause for optimism! During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from around the world recognized the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels and endorsed WHO’s Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2030, including the Plan’s updated implementation options and indicators for measuring progress. 

It’s time to capitalize on this renewed energy among government leaders to make quality mental health care for all a reality. World Mental Health Day presents an opportunity for government leaders, civil society organizations and many others to talk about the steps they are already taking and that they intend to take in support of this goal. 

How to Raise Mental Health Awareness for World Mental Health Day

  • Take a free mental health screening. Visit MHAscreening.org and take a mental health screening. Afterward, you can share on social media that you used the tool and you can encourage others to do the same.
  • Spread messages of hope and awareness. People who are suffering from mental health issues often feel isolated. Consider sharing the resources below online so that people know they aren’t alone. Use the hashtag #WorldMentalHealthDay when posting so that more people see your message.
  • Take time for your mental health. It is important to be aware of your mental health status, too. Be sure to practice self-care and preserve your mental health. Making time for self-care to keep yourself healthy both mentally and physically is a healthy lifelong habit to practice.

Resources for World Mental Health Day 2021

The theme for World Mental Health Day 2021 is “Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality.”  This theme provides an opportunity to empower people to look after their own mental health and provide support to others. New materials have been released (see below) by the WHO to help people living with one of the most common mental health conditions, depression.

Consider sharing these resources online to spread awareness for World Mental Health Day.

If you or someone you know if struggling with mental health issues, please know that you are not alone. Call the SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline, at 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727). On this helpline you can get general information on mental health and locate treatment services in your area. Speak to a live person, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.