Tebogo Msimanga |
South Africa will join the rest of the global community in commemorating the World Mental Health Day on 10 October under the theme “Mental Health for all: Greater Investment – Greater Access”’
This year’s World Mental Health Day is commemorated in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic which has brought a lot of physical, mental and socioeconomic pain to people worldwide.
The World Mental Health Day is commemorated annually on October 10 to raise awareness on mental health, its causes and risk factors. The day is also used to combat stigma and discrimination against those living with mental disorders.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health and despite the impact of mental health conditions on individuals, families and society, there has been little investment in mental health.
It is estimated that four out of five people with serious mental disorders living in low and middle-income countries do not receive mental health services that they need.