WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

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Imagine growing up in our world today. Constantly battling the effects of human rights violations, wars and violence, schools and businesses. Young people are spending most of their day on the internet experiencing cyber crimes, cyber bullying, and playing violent video games. Suicide and substance abuse numbers have been steadily rising, youth are feeling alone and persecuted for being true to themselves and young adults are at the age when serious mental illnesses can occur and yet they are taught little to nothing about mental illness and well-being.

World Mental Health Day is observed on the 10th of October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care becomes a reality for people worldwide. It is an opportunity to highlight international outreach, education and advocacy efforts spent to reduce mental health stigma.

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. This day, each October, thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on peoples' life worldwide.

We at the World Assembly of Youth believes that the day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about what needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. We also argue people, especially young people to show their support on this day through raising awareness on social media. Our hope is that people affected by stress, depression and mood disorders are understood, supported, free from stigma, and are encouraged to access appropriate therapies.

On this day, let us gather to create more awareness and attention towards mental health, mental illness and mental wellness.