Mental health, according to the Surgeon General, “refers to the successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with other people, and the ability to adapt to change and cope with adversity.” Those who aren’t mentally healthy are therefore considered mentally ill. But many Americans take their mental health for granted until something goes wrong.
That’s why the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsors World Mental Health Day each year. Its goal, according to WHO, is to promote “open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services.”
This year’s initiative, which takes place today, Oct. 10, 2012, focuses on depression worldwide.
Did you know that more than 350 million people suffer from depression? And while treatment does exist, fewer than 10 percent of people with depression receive it.
Help raise awareness about the prevalence of depression and mental illness worldwide by giving out mental health promotional items. Your giveaway may just inspire a suffering individual to seek help.