World Mental Health Day

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World Mental Health Day


On Sunday, we observe World Mental Health Day. It is an annual observance which aims to build public awareness on mental health issues and promote discussion on illnesses and investment in prevention and treatment services.World Mental Health Day started in 1992 through the initiative of the World Federation for mental Health (WFMH), a London-based international organization which was founded in 1948, which is engaged in advocacy and education on mental and emotional disorders, its prevention and proper treatment, and the promotion of mental health.Mental health has been defined a s a state of well-being in which every person realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to community building. But sometimes this state of overall well-being is difficult to achieve because of some factors like physical illness, behavioral and neurological disorders.Mental illness which is estimated to affect 400 million people worldwide needs to be addressed as it creates a burden for the affected persons and their families, and contributes to the economic and social hardships in society. …

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