World Mental Health Day 2023:
10th October marks World Mental Health Day, a global initiative aimed at raising awareness about mental health issues and rallying support for mental health care worldwide.
- In the context of India, this day serves as a crucial reminder of the urgent need to address the mental health challenges faced by the country’s burgeoning adolescent population (aged 10-19 years) which plays a pivotal role in its future prosperity and development.
- Theme for World Mental Health Day 2023: Mental health is a universal human right.
- In India, according to National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences data, more than 80% of people do not access care services for a multitude of reasons, ranging from lack of knowledge, stigma and high cost of care.
- The economic loss due to mental health conditions, between 2012-2030, is estimated at USD 1.03 trillion (WHO).