World Mental Health Day 2020 is the most important one yet. The long months of lockdown and loss have had an impact on many people, and it is so important we prioritise our mental health now more than ever.
“According to our research, with over 16,000 people, we know that more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown. We know that many have developed new mental health problems as a result of the pandemic and, for some of us, existing mental health problems have gotten worse.” – Mind.org
This year, mind.org are bringing people together for one day to mark World Mental Health Day 2020 on 10th October.
Taken from mind.org:
Whether it’s going for a walk, learning a new skill or doing something creative, taking the first steps to getting support for yourself, or reaching out to someone else; take the opportunity to do one thing this World Mental Health Day and download our resources to help you get started:
- Change your Facebook or Twitter cover photo.
- Download an image to post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, sharing what you’ve done for better mental health.
- Download our template for your Instagram and Facebook stories and encourage others to do the same using the hashtag #DoOneThing
- Download our calendar with ideas for different things you can do each day for better mental health.
You can even show your support and donate here today.
For more information visit their website today.
According to the World Health Organisation: Countries spend just 2% of their health budgets on mental health, therefore the goal for this year’s World Mental Health Day is to ultimately increase investment in Mental Health (WHO).
Key events across the globe:
United for Global Mental Health: The 24-hour March for Mental Health
On 9 October, people from around the world will be encouraged to participate in a virtual march. A 24-hour livestream will feature people with lived experience, mental health leaders and influencers from the civil society groups already active in 19 countries through the Speak Your Mind campaign.
WHO: The Big Event for Mental Health
On World Mental Health Day, 10 October, the World Health Organization will, for the first time ever, host a global online advocacy Event on mental health. At this event – the Big Event for Mental Health – WHO will showcase the work that its staff are doing around the world to reduce mental illness and the harmful use of alcohol and drugs.
For more information visit the World Health Organisations website.
If you or somebody you know is in need of help, visit:
These mental health charities, organisations and support groups can offer expert advice.