October 10th is World Mental Health Day, a day to raise awareness of and reflect on mental health issues. Today also provides an opportunity for all who work in the field of mental health to talk about the work they do and what more can be done to make mental health care an option for anyone and everyone around the world.
“In recent years, there has been increasing acknowledgment of the important role mental health plays in achieving global development goals,” the WHO writes. “Depression is one of the leading causes of disability. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds.” (https://www.who.int/health-topics/mental-health#tab=tab_1)
Let’s all do our part to not only open the lines of communication but also destigmatize the conversation surrounding mental health issues and those suffering from them in our society.