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October 10 is World Mental Health Day 🧠

Why do we commemorate World Mental Health Day on October 10?
World Mental Health Day has been celebrated since 2013, every October 10. Date established by the World Health Organization (WHO), which seeks to raise awareness and bring issues of this topic closer to the population and promote efforts that promote it.

This commemoration is based on what is established in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which establishes that all human beings "are born free and equal in dignity and rights", since this must include people who live with a mental illness.

What is it like to live with a mental illness?

Mentally ill people often suffer harassment, discrimination and are mocked. For this reason, in 2013 the World Health Organization established a day to make mental conditions and illnesses visible, and promote actions that help treat and prevent them.

According to the WHO, many people with mental conditions have their dignity trampled: they are locked up in institutions where they are isolated from society, suffer inhuman treatment, sexual abuse and neglect, and are often deprived of the right to make decisions for themselves.

They are also frequently denied access to general and mental health care, as well as education and employment opportunities. Additionally, there is deep stigmatization and misconceptions about mental disorders.

Support on Mental Health Day For this reason, the WHO considers that it is necessary to offer better support and care to people with mental disorders, offering community services that are based on a recovery approach, respecting people's autonomy and guaranteeing access to good quality care.

The specific theme of World Mental Health Day 2019 is “40 seconds to act”, which focuses on suicide prevention. According to WHO figures, every year, nearly 800,000 people die from this cause, "and many others attempt suicide."

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