Statistics like these highlight the very reason why World Mental Health Day was born in 1992 and continues to take place on 10 October each year. This event, which is supported by the United Nations through the World Health Organisation (WHO), aims to raise awareness of mental health issues around the globe by promoting open discussion about mental illness. It also seeks to encourage investment in prevention and treatment, particularly since resources offered in many mental health services around the world are severely lacking.
Over 100 countries participate in World Mental Health Day holding their own local, regional and national programme of activities and events which include lectures on mental health issues and the presentation of awards to individuals or organisations who have made significant contributions in the mental health arena.
One organisation in the UK which is actively involved in World Mental Health Day is The Mental Health Foundation. This year they are marking the day with a Tea and Talk Fundraising Event. They are hoping you will join them in putting your own kettle on and inviting your friends and family round to make a donation, as they realise the benefit that a cuppa and a good natter can have on your own mental health and wellbeing.
For more information or to find out how to organise your own Tea and Talk Event, visit http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/support-us/get-involved/teaandtalk/