A Guide to World Mental Health Day and How You Can Celebrate It


Medically reviewed by

Dr. Vikas Kumar Sharma

Mental Wellness

4 min read

Key Takeaways

  • World Mental Health Day is observed on 10th October every year
  • Mood changes and thinking problems are symptoms of mental diseases
  • Around 20% of children and adolescents suffer from mental health issues

Mental illnesses are on a rise with a 13% increase in mental diseases and disorders in the last 10 years [1]. While mental health issues have been there for ages, society is more accepting of them today. It is important to keep in mind that 20% of children and adolescents around the world suffer from mental health diseases. In fact, almost one in five people face mental health issues after being in a conflict situation.

The key to moving forward and helping loved ones is awareness and acceptance. World Mental Health Day aims to remove the stigma and lack of information about mental health issues. It also aims to support those facing mental problems. Here’s everything you need to know about World Mental Day.

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What Is the History and Significance of World Mental Health Day?

It was on 10th October 1992 that World Mental Health Day was observed for the very first time. It didn’t have any specific theme. Its general aim was to promote mental health advocacy and educate people on issues related to it. The first theme, ‘Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services throughout the World’, was suggested in 1994 [2].

World Mental Health Day is officially celebrated on 10th October. Its goal is to undertake a variety of efforts in support of mental health. About 1 billion people live with mental disorders. Thus, mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health. Factors like social stigma, discrimination, and human rights violations further contribute to it [3].

In some countries, awareness activities are carried out for several months. International Mental Health Day isn’t just a single-day event but a long-term educational effort. The specific day provides an opportunity for everyone to talk about mental health issues. This also aids in making mental healthcare available for people around the world. In addition, it encourages those suffering from it to get help and talk freely.

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What Is the Theme for World Mental Health Day 2021?

The theme for the World Mental Health Day 2021 is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’. It highlights the inequality with access to mental health services. In low- and middle-income countries, around 75% to 95% of people do not have access to mental health services at all [4]. The situation is not satisfactory even in high-income countries. The mental health treatment gap is mainly due to a lack of investment in it.

The International mental health day theme for this year focuses on the issues that lead to mental health inequality around the globe. It provides everyone with an opportunity to come together and highlight how mental health inequality can be addressed. It aims to ensure people enjoy good mental health.

A Guide to Mental Problem Symptoms

Symptoms may vary depending on the disorder, circumstances, and other factors. That said, here are some of the common signs of mental illnesses<span data-contrast="auto">. 

  • Nervousness 
  • Mood changes
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Increased sensitivity
  • Problem in sleeping
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Extreme feelings of guilt
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Change in eating habits
  • Feeling down or sadness
  • Excessive fears or worries
  • Concern with appearance
  • Unable to cope with stress
  • Extreme anger or violence
  • Extreme tiredness or low energy
  • Delusions, paranoia, or hallucinations
  • Lack of concentration, clear thinking
  • Change in behavior
  • Difficulty in understanding people or situations
  • Difficulty functioning at school, work, or in social activities
  • Feeling disconnected or withdrawal from friends or activities
  • Physical problems like stomach pain, headaches, aches, and pains

It is best to get mental illnesses diagnosed and work towards getting better. Psychologists and psychiatrists use various means to help. Cognitive behaviour therapy, talk therapy and medication can all be used.

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Many efforts are being made to create widespread awareness about mental health issues all over the world. For instance, World Schizophrenia Day 2021 was on May 24 and is observed every year [5]. As a responsible inhabitant of the world, you too can play your part in educating others about mental health and working towards improving your own. Consult with mental health professionals on Bajaj Finserv Health and make sure you create awareness this World Mental Health Day.

Published on 21 Oct 2021Last updated on 13 Apr 2023
  1. https://www.who.int/health-topics/mental-health#tab=tab_2
  2. https://wfmh.global/world-mental-health-day/
  3. https://www.indiatoday.in/information/story/world-mental-health-day-2021-history-theme-and-significance-1853997-2021-09-17
  4. https://wfmh.global/2021-world-mental-health-global-awareness-campaign-world-mental-health-day-theme/
  5. https://www.indiatoday.in/information/story/world-schizophrenia-day-2021-signs-symptoms-causes-and-more-1806275-2021-05-24

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