Every year on October 10th, the world celebrates Today’s global mental healthWith the aim of raising awareness of mental health issues, which began in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation of Mental Health, and this year coincides with the changes the world has witnessed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Regional Office in the Middle East of the World Health Organization, through its Twitter account, published a “video graph”, and commented: “Today is World Mental Health Day. Nearly one billion people suffer from mental disorders and anyone, anywhere can be affected by them, take action for health. Psychological: Let’s invest in it. “
today is #WorldHealthDay .
Almost 1 billion people suffer from mental disorders and anyone, anywhere can be affected.
Move for #Psychological healthLet’s invest in it.
– WHO EMRO (@WHOEMRO) October 10, 2020
“Nearly half of the countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region are experiencing humanitarian crises and conflicts, and currently, millions of people are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and this damage extends to also affect their mental health,” she added.
In the video, Graff stated that the Corona pandemic has led to the disruption or suspension of mental health services in 93% of countries around the world, while the demand for these services is increasing.
The World Health Organization website stated that nearly a billion people suffer from mental disorders, and anyone anywhere can be affected by them, and depression is one of the main causes of disease and disability among adolescents and adults, as one in 5 children and adolescents suffers from a mental disorder..
The report indicated that people with severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia often die ten or twenty years earlier than the general population, and suicide kills approximately 800,000 people annually, at a rate of one person every 40 seconds, as it is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 15 -29 year.