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World Mental Health Day, established in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health, takes place each October as an international day for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy. This year’s theme, Mental health is a universal human right, underscores the importance of prioritizing and safeguarding our mental well-being as an essential element of our shared humanity.

Mental health issues can impact anyone. An estimated 46 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life. Mental health conditions are also affecting an increasing number of adolescents and young people, and earlier this year, the US Surgeon General deemed loneliness a public health challenge needing immediate attention. 

World Mental Health Day serves to make mental health a global priority by driving actions that promote and protect mental well-being across the planet. Mental health is a basic human right for all people, and mental wellness is an essential asset that enables us to cope with challenges, connect with others, and thrive throughout our lives.  

Here are some ways to honor World Mental Health Day: 

  • Take a Mental Health Screening: Taking an online mental health screening is an easy way to get a quick snapshot of your mental health and determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
  • Practice Self-Care: Self-care is fundamental to good mental health. Dedicate time to activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul. Whether it’s meditation, exercise, journaling, or simply enjoying a good book, prioritize activities that bring you joy and peace
  • Raise Awareness: Help foster a culture of mental health awareness in your circles. Share your experiences, offer support to others, and participate in local mental health initiatives and events.
  • Explore Educational Resources: Expand your understanding of mental health. The more informed we are, the better equipped we become to support ourselves and others. Explore resources like podcasts (Being Well with Dr. Rick Hanson is a great one to start with), blog articles such as this one posted on CDC’s website, and books on mental health topics that feel relevant to you. 

Read more about World Mental Health Day here, and talk with your JKJ Wellness Coordinator to learn more about prioritizing mental well-being in the workplace!