October 10th is World Mental Health Day. The goal of this day is to raise awareness of mental health issues and to support efforts to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
The slogan for 2022 is “Make Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority”. The World Health Organization writes, “The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global crisis for mental health, fueling short- and long-term stresses and undermining the mental health of millions. Estimates put the rise in both anxiety and depressive disorders at more than 25% during the first year of the pandemic. Importantly, we can all play our part in increasing awareness about which preventive mental health interventions work and World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to do that collectively. We envision a world in which mental health is valued, promoted and protected; where everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy mental health and to exercise their human rights; and where everyone can access the mental health care they need “ (https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/2022).
Arcadia works to support these efforts by training staff in trauma sensitivity, offering avenues to mental health services at school and by providing social and emotional learning to our students.
Please visit the World Health Organization website to learn more about this day!