World Mental Health Day began in 1992 as a way to bring awareness to mental health issues and advocate for mental health education around the world. The World Federation for Mental health (WFMH) championed the day as an annual initiative to bring international attention to mental health. This year, The WFMH has chosen “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World” as the theme for World Mental Health Day.
The WFMH hopes to provide a special focus on the changing social, environmental, and global factors that can greatly impact the mental health of young people, ages 14 to 28. This is a range of ages that often includes many life events and can also present significant stressors that may impact mental health for years to come. According to the World Health Organization, half of all mental illness begins by age 14, reminding us the mental health is important to address at every age.
This year’s World Mental Health Day Campaign Document covers topics like the effects of trauma, mental illness, gender and sexual identity, bullying, and suicide. These are all critical issues that many young people face across the globe. While other generations have also dealt with these factors, today’s global environment can present unique challenges that must be considered. Knowing how to approach these subjects with respect and bringing awareness to the need for supportive resources can help ensure that young people today will be better equipped to face challenges in a healthy way.
KYC is proud to provide compassionate care to our community members of all ages who face mental health challenges, and encourages anyone with questions or seeking help to call 847−524−8800.
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