World Mental Health Day 2015

World Mental Health Day 2015

World Mental Health Day 2015 is this Saturday on 10th October and is hosted by the World Federation of Mental Health. Every year this awareness day focuses on a specific theme, with 2015 revolving around Dignity in Mental Health. This year’s campaign is focusing on how we can ensure people with mental health problems can live with dignity.

The Facts

  • Mental health problems are found in people of all ages, regions, countries and societies.
  • One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have mental health problems in any given year.
  • Women are more likely to have been treated for a mental health problem than men and approximately ten percent of children have a mental health problem at any one time.
  • Depression is a mental disorder which affects one in five older people.
  • Anxiety on the other hand is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders in the UK, yet still continues to be under-reported, under-diagnosed and under-treated.

Mental health has a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people throughout the UK, plus it continues to affect their ability to sustain relationships, work, or simply get through the day. However it becomes very difficult for people with a mental health problem to seek help, when people with an ill-informed and damaging attitude still exist.

This World Mental Health Day 2015, the ultimate goal is to confront the stigma that revolves around mental health by providing everyone with the facts. Facts aren’t just aimed at statistics; they help us as a community to better understand patterns of mental health problems, the causes and solutions. These facts also help us to break down the barriers that are stopping those in need from seeking help and support.

How can we help?

This month, as well as all year round, we can help to raise awareness by sharing Fundamental Facts on social media with all our friends, family and colleagues. Supporting those that are experiencing mental health problems is one the greatest and most effective public health challenges in time.

This year we can use the dedicated hashtags on social media: #IAmStigmaFree & #MHAW15. Since May, the hashtag #IAmStigmaFree has made a huge impact after a video was posted online featuring 40 celebrities who start a conversation around being open and honest about mental health.

Other than this annual awareness day and the Mental Health Awareness Week, there are a number of treatment models that are carried out to help support those with mental health problems. DBT for example, stands for Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and is a unique and innovative treatments model for Borderline Personality Disorder.

Its popularity has grown increasingly in Europe, which is due to the success in effectively treating clients who emotional problems are particularly difficult to manage within a therapeutic relationship or an institutional setting.


Facts by Mental Health Foundation // Photo by ‘Stewardship’ / License