October 10, 2022 is World Mental Health Day. This is a great time to help raise awareness for mental health issues that are suffered by millions across the world.
This year's theme for World Mental Health Day is Making Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority. This campaign is sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), and is brought on because of mental health struggles that have been amplified by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
During the pandemic, there were more people than ever who were traumatized in a myriad of ways by the illness of friends and family, as well as worldwide lock downs. This has caused an increase in the need for mental health services, which were already difficult to come by in some areas.
According to the WHO,
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global crisis for mental health, fueling short- and long-term stresses and undermining the mental health of millions. Estimates put the rise in both anxiety and depressive disorders at more than 25% during the first year of the pandemic. At the same time, mental health services have been severely disrupted and the treatment gap for mental health conditions has widened.
Currently, I am personally looking for a new psychiatrist in my new country. I am on a waiting list, but it is still unclear when I may be able to receive any services here.
Since I have always been very vocal about mental health issues, World Mental Health Day is the perfect time to speak up about mental health issues that are facing so many in our world.
If you are struggling with mental health issues yourself, here are some tips on How to Find a Therapist.
When you have mental health issues, it is important to find a skilled mental health professional to work with, so that you can learn coping skills, have a compassionate listening ear, and be prescribed any necessary medications.
Also, you can find many articles about PTSD, Anxiety and Depression in the Health and Wellness section of the blog. I have additional resources as well, including suicide hotline information, in the Resources section of the blog.