Every year, 10th October, the world commemorates the World Mental Health Day. According to the World Health Organization, the overall objective of the World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. WHO further notes that 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 a reality for people worldwide.
During this year’s commemoration, I got an opportunity to weigh in to mental health discussion. I noted that mental health conditions are public health concerns and are taking toll on societies and communities. In line with the theme; ‘Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority, I reiterated that there is a growing body of need to increase investment on mental health and chronic non-communicable disease. According to WHO, mental illness is categorized under NCDs. This is all the more a reason for us to make mental health and wellbeing a global priority.
Watch the interview in the link below.