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World Mental Health Day 2020: Theme of the year,10 quotes, & 5 facts you can share today

This year’s theme

This year, the topic of mental health has perhaps become the most important one due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the effect it has had on the mental state of humans for the past 9-10 months.

“This year’s World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” writes the World Health Organisation.

Their official page goes on to say that the past few months have been challenging for all frontline workers, students, teachers, friends, relatives, and hundreds of other professionals.

As the economic consequences of the pandemic are being felt by millions of people worldwide, it is understood that ‘the need for mental health and psychosocial support will substantially increase in the coming months’.

Keeping this in mind, the theme of the year is increased investment in mental health.

The WHO defines mental health as a state of well-being in which an individual can realise his/her own potential and can handle stresses of everyday life while working productively and fruitfully, making a meaningful contribution to the community. In other words, mental health refers to your cognitive, emotional, and social well-being. Mental health affects how you think, feel, behave, and is crucial at every stage of life.

The choices you make in your everyday life can influence the state of your mental health. But sometimes, reading something inspirational can also have a positive effect on us.


  1. “What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” Glenn Close
  2. “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” Fred Roger
  3. “Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.” Joubert Botha
  4. You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared and anxious. Having feelings doesn’t make you a negative person. It makes you human.” Lori Deschene
  5. ”Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step.” Mariska Hargitay
  6. “The best thing you could do is master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you are the fire.” Mama Indigo
  7. “Often it’s the deepest pain which empowers you to grow into your highest self.” Karen Salmansohn
  8. “There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” – John Green
  9. “Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with.” – Adam Ant
  10. “Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.”​ – Lisa Oliveria


Around 1 in 5 of the world’s children and adolescents have a mental disorder. – WHO

Depression is one of the leading causes of disability, affecting 264 million people. – WHO

Almost 800 000 people die by suicide every year; 1 person dies from suicide every 40 seconds. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in individuals aged 15-29 years. -WHO

Around 1 in 9 people in settings affected by conflict have a moderate or severe mental disorder. – WHO

Less than half of the 139 countries that have mental health policies and plans report having these aligned with human rights conventions. -WHO

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