World Mental Health Day Shines Light On Effects of COVID
Today organizations such as The World Health Organization and Rethink Mental Illness recognize World Mental Health Day. While previous years have focused on personal care topics such as sleep or suicide prevention, 2020 is different.
According to research from Rethink Mental Illness, nearly 80% of people living with mental illness say that COVID-19 and the national response have made their mental health worse. Because of these challenges, Rethink is focusing 2020 efforts on how “people with lived experience are overcoming the challenges of lockdown and how, together, we are pushing for a better world, post-pandemic.”
Harmful content is on the rise. From hate speech to cyberbullying, the need for families, employers, and brands to pay close attention to those most vulnerable is critical. As well, this era of social unrest and change can severely affect mental health and wellbeing. World Mental Health Day serves as a reminder to us all to #bekind.
The Big Event Is Big News
For the first time, the WHO will host a global online advocacy event on mental health, drawing even more attention to this issue. At the Big Event for Mental Health, world leaders, mental health experts, and celebrity guests will join WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to discuss what can be done to improve the world’s mental health and what can be done to ensure quality mental health care is available to everyone who needs it.
Many organizations have taken steps to support their audiences through providing mental health resources and support. Now is the time to provide more action and support key audiences when they need you most. time to provide more action and support key audiences when they need you most.