Mental health is a universal human right – this #WorldMentalHealthDay is your opportunity to advocate for it

This year’s World Mental Health Day on 10 October established by the World Foundation of Mental Health focuses on the theme ‘Mental health is a universal human right’. Join us in raising awareness and advocating for mental health for all. 

Good mental health is crucial for overall well-being. Despite this, one in eight people globally struggle with mental health conditions. These challenges affect not only personal well-being but also how individuals engage with others and sustain their livelihoods. While mental health should never be a reason to deprive someone of their rights, the unfortunate reality is that many people face discrimination and limited access to necessary mental health services. This World Mental Health Day is about advocating for every individual, irrespective of their background, to receive the highest standard of mental health care. This includes being protected from mental health risks, having access to quality care, and being part of an inclusive community.

Rehabilitation professionals can play a significant role in enhancing mental health through communication and by providing strategies for coping and improving the quality of life. They are well-placed to support and advocate for the mental health of individuals who experience depression, anxiety, and life-changing conditions such as dementiaEmpowering rehabilitation professionals with knowledge enables them to confidently and effectively communicate and provide the care and interventions to support those who need it. Interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques, mindfulness, and relaxation exercises are pivotal in managing symptoms and improving quality of life. Understanding the impact of various mental health conditions on physical health and rehabilitation outcomes is crucial for a holistic approach to care. Physiopedia is committed to making rehabilitation knowledge freely accessible to all, just follow the links above to learn more. Together, with the right information and shared commitment to promoting mental health, a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve is achievable.

Your voice can make a difference this World Mental Health Day. Join us in spreading awareness and advocating for mental health as a human right. Share your stories and resources using the hashtag #WorldMentalHealthDay.