Every year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) marks October 10 as World Mental Health Day with an overall objective to raise awareness about mental health issues across the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

Mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health. According to studies, nearly 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide.

The limited access to quality, affordable mental health care in the world before the pandemic, and particularly in humanitarian emergencies and conflict settings, has been further diminished due to Covid-19 as the pandemic has disrupted health services around the world.

Every year, the day is marked with a particular theme, and this year the World Mental Health Day 2021 theme is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’ that focuses on reducing the gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’. A gap that is growing wider with time and there is continuing unmet need in the care of people with mental health problem.

“World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for the world to come together and begin redressing the historic neglect of mental health,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

Hence, along with our physical health, it has become a necessity to take proper care of our mental health.

We have listed some inspirational quotes to share with your friends and family to spread positivity and love this World Mental Health Day.

“Some of the most comforting words in the universe are ‘me too.’ That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you’re not alone, and that others have been down the same road.”

“Don’t give in to stigma. A diagnosis does not determine who you are or what you can do!”

“The strongest people are those who win battles we know nothing about.”

“You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.”

“Your mental health is a priority. Your happiness is essential. Your self-care is a necessity.”

Recovery is not one and done. It is a lifelong journey that takes place one day, one step at a time.”

“Sometimes, mental illness is terrifying because you feel like you’ve lost control of your mind and nothing makes sense. It’s like watching yourself on autopilot and having little to no control.”

“It’s up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.”

“Nothing in this world can torment you as much as your own thoughts.”

”You may have to fight a battle more than once.”

“Today I refuse to stress myself out over things I can’t control and change.”

”I know what it’s like to be afraid of your own mind.”

“Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with.”

“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of but stigma and bias shame us all”.

“Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed, it means the damage no longer controls your life”.

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