World Mental Health Day, 10 October
Today it is #WorldMentalHealthDay and WHO will showcase the efforts made in various countries and encourage everyone to highlight positive stories as an inspiration to others.
We highlight this day because people with Pulmonary Fibrosis, like other people with chronic and potentially life treatening ilness, may have an increased risk of depression, due to the devastating disease that may have a huge influence on the quality of life. We urge everyone to be aware and raise awareness of this aspect of having Pulmonary Fibrosis.
On the campaign page WHO states that today on World Mental Health Day, 10 October, it will have been more than 18 months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In some countries, life is returning to some semblance of normality; in others, rates of transmission and hospital admissions remain high, disrupting the lives of families and communities. The pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health and some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. in mid-2020 a WHO survey showed that services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders had been significantly disrupted during the pandemic.
And NOW there is some cause for optimism. During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from around the world recognised the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels and endorsed WHO’s Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2030.
WHO states that it’s time to capitalize on this renewed energy among government leaders to make quality mental health care for all a reality. World Mental Health Day presents an opportunity for government leaders, civil society organisations and many others to talk about the steps they are already taking and that they intend to take in support of this goal.