Topic: World Mental Health Day 2020
Department : Community Medicine
World Mental Health Day is officially commemorated every year on October 10th Every year there is theme for World Mental Health Day In recent years, there has been increasing acknowledgement of the important role mental health plays in achieving global development goals, as illustrated by the inclusion of mental health in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Depression is one of the leading causes of disability. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds. People with severe mental health conditions die prematurely – as much as two decades early In 2019, WHO launched the WHO Special Initiative for Mental Health (2019-2023):
Universal Health Coverage for Mental Health to ensure access to quality and affordable care for mental health conditions in 12 priority countries to 100 million more people.
It is understandable that people are experiencing fear in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.Faced with new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, it is important that we look after our mental, as well as our physical, health.
Adapting to these lifestyle changes can be made easy by o Get up and go to bed at similar times every day.
- Keep up with personal hygiene.
- Eat healthy meals at regular times.
- Exercise regularly.
- Allocate time for working and time for resting.