World Mental Health Day Information

October 10th, has been set aside by more than 100 countries worldwide as World Mental Health Day. This year, the 20th anniversary, the theme is “Depression:A Global Crisis”.Ref1 “Mental disorders affect nearly 12 % of the world’s population which is about 450 million or 1 out of every 4 people around the world. Ref2

Some activities people do are:

  • 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. Ref3

“The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). The World Health Organization (WHO), which is the UN’s directing and coordinating authority for health, and the  Mental Health Foundation are all proactive in promoting World Mental Health Day”. Ref4

For more information about the history of this day, who founded it, what is being done on this day around the world, the symbols that are used, the theme this year:depression, and more statistics, please visit:

or visit social media sites that recognize, explain, or support World Mental Health Day:

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About Michelle Clark Bipolar Bandit

I am a strong advocate for the mentally ill and have been since I was first approached by a lawyer in a psychiatric facility as a teenager. He wanted me to help him fight how the mentally ill are mistreated. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 17 after a full blown manic episode. Before that, I suffered from debilitating depression for 4 years. My goals are to help others by sharing my story and providing tips to deal with mania and depression. I often write blogs related to advocating for people like myself. I want to encourage, inspire, and educate those with #bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses and also include inspirational #quotes. I founded the group Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses and the page Mental Health Advocates United and have several social media sites that are related to bipolar disorder and/or advocacy. If you are an advocate or would like to be, I hope you join our FB group: Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses
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2 Responses to World Mental Health Day Information

  1. Pingback: World Mental Health Day Blog Party, October 10, 2012 | World Mental Health Day

  2. Pingback: Appeal to the media and politicians: Does anyone care that it is Mental Illness Awareness Week in America? « Bipolar Bandit

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