On October 10th, World Mental Health Day is recognized globally. This year’s theme is; ‘‘Mental health is a universal human right” to improve knowledge, raise awareness, and drive actions that promote and protect everyone’s mental health as a universal human right.’ (“World Mental Health Day 2023”)
1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental condition or illness, and 1 in 8 people globally are living with a mental health condition. Mental Health is something that affects everyone and needs to be seen as a universal human right. Since 2019, there has been a rise in mental health conditions (“World Mental Health Day 2023, Fast Facts about Mental Health and Mental Illness”).
So, what is the meaning of mental health? “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.” (“About Mental Health”).
Please join the EDI committee in acknowledging World Mental Health Day. If you need extra support, Mind Forward offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available for all employees. Please see the flyer attached for more information.
Additional resources: https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/mental-well-being-resources-for-the-public
“World Mental Health Day 2023.” World Mental Health Day 2023, https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/2023 www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/2023
“About Mental Health.” About Mental Health, 28 June 2021, www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/learn/index.htm
“Fast Facts about Mental Health and Mental Illness” Retrieved: Jul 19, 2021 https://cmha.ca/brochure/fast-facts-about-mental-illnes
The Mind Forward EDI Committee