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News: World Mental Health Day 2020

World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is held on 10 October every year, to raise awareness of mental health around the world and build support for mental health issues.

This year’s World Mental Health Day, comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the pandemic. The past months have brought many challenges for us all, including our staff who are providing care in difficult circumstances, and for people with mental health conditions – who may be experiencing even greater social isolation than before. 

This year, for the first time ever, World Health Organization (WHO) will host a global online advocacy event. At this event, world leaders, mental health experts and celebrity guests will join WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to share what we can all do to improve our mental health and how we can help make sure that quality mental health care is available to everyone who needs it. The event will take place during Saturday afternoon.

Follow this link for more information about the event.

Time to Change is also running a national campaign in the UK encouraging people to open up to mental health to talk and to listen.

Information on this campaign and resources for social media are available here

Matthew Trainer, Chief Executive, said: Chief Executive, said: "Living with a diagnosis of mental illness can be life-changing and being able to share your experiences with others makes a difference. If you or anyone you know is having a hard time, please know that you are not alone, many people understand from their own life experiences and they can help and support you. 

"If you want to join the WHO event to listen, you'll be very welcome - there's no need to speak. You can decide how much you want to take part. Please join in on Saturday and help us celebrate World Mental Health Day."

Published on 7th October 2020