Mental Health Awareness 2024

May 1, 2024 0 By Fasholu Gabriel Oluwatobi

Mental Health Awareness Month 2024 will be observed in May, and the theme for this year is “Mental Health from Every Angle” ¹. Here are some key points about mental health awareness ²:

  • Mental health is a state of mental well-being that enables people to cope with the stresses of life, realize their abilities, learn well, and work well, and contribute to their community.
  • Mental health conditions include mental disorders and psychosocial disabilities as well as other mental states associated with significant distress, impairment in functioning, or risk of self-harm.
  • In 2019, 970 million people globally were living with a mental disorder, with anxiety and depression the most common.
  • Mental health conditions can cause difficulties in all aspects of life, including relationships with family, friends, and community. They can result from or lead to problems at school and at work.
  • Globally, mental disorders account for 1 in 6 years lived with disability. People with severe mental health conditions die 10 to 20 years earlier than the general population. And having a mental health condition increases the risk of suicide and experiencing human rights violations.

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