ISLAMABAD: Like other parts of the globe World Mental Health Day will be marked on 0ct 10 in Pakistan to raise public awareness about mental health issues worldwide.
This event promotes open discussions on illnesses, as well as investments in prevention and treatment services.
Depression, including among young people, is a major mental health problem.
World Mental Health Day is observed in more than 100 countries on October 10 through local, regional and national World Mental Health Day commemorative events and programs. Activities includes, Officials signing the World Mental Health Day proclamation.
Public service announcements.
Educational lectures and the distribution of research papers on mental health issues.
Awards to individuals or organizations who made significant contributions in improving mental health issues.
World Mental Health Day is an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). The World Health Organization (WHO), which is the UN’s directing and coordinating authority for health, supports this event.
The Mental Health Foundation is another organization that is proactive in promoting World Mental Health Day.
Mental disorders affect nearly 12 percent of the world’s population – about 450 million or one out of every four people around the world – will experience a mental illness that would benefit from diagnosis and treatment.
WHO statistics for 2002 showed that 154 million people globally suffered from depression, which is a form of mental illness.
According to WHO, mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which people realize their own potential, can cope with normal life stresses, can work productively, and can contribute to their community.
More funding is needed to promote mental health to increase people’s awareness of the issue. In response to making mental health a global priority, World Health Day was first celebrated in 1992 as an initiative of the WFMH, which has members and contacts in more than 150 countries.
Each year the UN, through WHO, actively participates in promoting this event.
The UN logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, inscribed in a wreath consisting of crossed conventionalized branches of the olive tree.
The olive branches symbolize peace and the world map depicts the area of concern to the UN in achieving its main purpose, peace and security. The projection of the map extends to 60 degrees south latitude, and includes five concentric circles.