World Mental Health (WMH) Day was first celebrated on 10th October in 1992. It is supported by World Health Organization (WHO) and was basically introduced to create awareness of the importance of mental health issues faced by the people and how can we help them. Mental health is often referred as a person’s emotional health or well-being. We often ignore the fact that a good mental health is really important for a good living. A person can never be peaceful if he’s dealing with mental disorder or stress. Anxiety and depression are the two most common issues faced by a lot of people around the world.

Sadly, as there is a whole list of mental issues, both neurotic as well as psychotic, World Mental Health Day focuses on different theme each year. In the past years, the theme has shifted its focus from chronic physical illnesses to emotional disorders, from the awareness of mental illness to the relation between mental and physical health, from depression to schizophrenia, from the psychological first aid to the mental health in a workplace and so on. This year, the theme for World Mental Health Day was “Promotion of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention”.

It’s crazy how every other day we hear a breaking news about someone’s suicide. Every year close to 800,000 people globally take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. It’s the leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally. This isn’t just a headline to read or hear. It’s something people need to give thought to.

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
-Aristotle Onassis.

 “Hey, how are you? How’s your life going?”

How much time do you need to ask this? To all those whom you interact with. You never know when someone might need you. Your words can change someone’s life. Some of the people with serious emotional instability are often afraid to tell what or how they feel, mainly because they think how senseless or stupid it may sound. And surprisingly some people do make others feel like that when they try to let it all out, talking about the minor things that are bothering them to such an extent. Please reach out to people, listen to them no matter how small those things are for you. Be there for them.

And if you’re one of those who’s stressed, get anxiety attacks from time to time, have severe depression, or let it be any of the other mental issues, COMMUNICATE. No matter what, communication is the key. The biggest thing you can do to improve your mental health is to talk to someone. It is hard but remind yourself that you can do it. Talk to anyone, maybe a friend, a family member or perhaps a psychologist. Whatever you’re feeling, let it all out. Your mental peace is important. You are important.

 “What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.”

-Glenn Close.


By: Sara Khan

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