World Mental Health Day, a program started by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), was first observed on Oct. 10, 1992. Since then governments and different organizations around the world have been holding relevant activities to spread awareness about mental health.
The day has become more significant at present as people worldwide carry the emotional burden of the pandemic. COVID-19 has drastically changed people’s lives, creating a new normal that threw many people into depression, isolation and anxiety.
The impact of the pandemic still sees no end, with social distancing and different restrictions still in place. The fear now is that not many people know how to handle the feeling of uncertainty and distress. For many, the burden of isolation is unfamiliar, and may not know how to talk about it or to reach out for help.