Mental Health Awareness in The Current Society

Mental health awareness is highly relevant in the current society for several important reasons. Mental health disorders are common, affecting millions of people worldwide. In today’s society individuals from all walks of life experience mental health challenges making it a prevalent issue that demands attention.

Research has shown that mental health is closely interconnected with physical health. Neglecting mental health can have adverse effects on one’s physical wellbeing, highlighting the importance of holistic health care. Despite progress, there is still stigma associated with mental health issues. Increasing awareness has breakdown stereotypes and encourages open conversations about mental health making it easier for individuals to seek help without judgment. Young people today face unique challenges related to technology, social media, academic pressures and peer relationships. Mental health awareness is crucial for supporting the wellbeing of the younger generations. Recent studies say that 19.86% of adults are experiencing a mental illness. The most common mental health issues are anxiety disorders, depression and bipolar disorder. WHO estimates that the burden of mental health problems in India is 2443 disability per 10,000 populations. The suicide rate per one lakh population is 21.1%.

Raising awareness can lead to improved access to mental health services and resources. Mental health is a global issue that affects people from various cultural backgrounds. Increasing awareness promotes a global understanding of mental health challenges and encourages collaboration to address them. Mental health awareness is not only relevant but essential in today’s society. It promotes wellbeing, reduces suffering and fosters more compassionate words for individuals facing mental health challenges.

October 10th 2023 is celebrated as Mental Health Day. The World Foundation of Mental Health has set the theme for 2023 as ‘Mental health is a universal human right’.