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World Mental Health Day 2023: Standing Up for "Our Minds, Our Rights"

Written and medically reviewed by Dorcas Morak, Pharm.D

Updated on October 10th, 2023

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In 1992, a collaborative effort between the World Federation for Mental Health and the World Health Organization marked October 10th as World Mental Health Day. Since its inception, this day serves as a beacon of hope and awareness, spotlighting the importance of mental health and dismantling the stigmas that often shroud it. Each year, a unique theme propels this conversation further, focusing on specific challenges and solutions related to mental well-being.

In recent years, we've seen themes like "Mental Health in an Unequal World" in 2021, spotlighting marginalized communities and the barriers they face in accessing quality mental health care. Fast forward to 2022, the rallying cry was "Making Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority," stressing that mental well-being must stand at the forefront of global discussions and policymaking. For 2023, the spotlight is on "Our minds, Our rights." But what does this mean for us?

The 2023 Focus: "Our Minds, Our Rights"

This year's theme conveys a powerful message: mental health is an indisputable human right. Everyone, irrespective of their circumstances or background, is entitled to the highest standard of mental wellness. It embodies our collective aspiration for a world where protection from mental health risks is assured, quality care is universally accessible, and each individual enjoys liberty, inclusion, and independence.

Yet, with approximately one in eight people worldwide facing mental health challenges, the struggle is more real than many realize. Adolescents and young adults are now more vulnerable than ever, making the need for change ever more pressing. And while mental health conditions shouldn't curtail anyone's rights or participation in their health decisions, countless individuals globally still face discrimination, social ostracization, and inadequate access to the care they deserve.

Embracing Action this World Mental Health Day

With 2023's clarion call of "Mental health is a universal human right," here are ways you can champion the cause:

1. Volunteer or Donate: Play an active role by supporting local mental health organizations through volunteering or contributions. 2. Stand by Loved Ones: Sometimes, a simple gesture, a chat, or even helping with daily tasks can be the lifeline someone needs. 3. Invest in Knowledge: Dive deep into the world of mental health through books, articles, or documentaries. The more you know, the more you can help. 4. Narrate Your Journey: Sharing personal experiences can be therapeutic and can serve as a beacon for those feeling alone in their struggles. 5. Prioritize Self-Care: Remember, you can't pour from an empty cup. Cherish and nurture your mental well-being.

As we rally behind "Our minds, Our rights" this World Mental Health Day, let's make a promise to not just raise awareness but also to cultivate a global culture where mental health rights are universally recognized, respected, and realized. Learn more about mental health symptoms and treatments with the following resources:

Understanding Common Anxiety Medications: Your Guide to Treatment Options Overcoming the Cost Barrier: How to Access Mental Health Therapy Without Insurance The Rising Tide of Depression in the US

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