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World Mental Health Day 2023


Theme: "Mental Health is a Universal Human Right"

  • The World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year to create an awareness about mental illness and to start discussion on mental health issues.
  • It is a platform to provide safe space and comfort to those who suffer from it so that they can openly accept and address such issues.
  • The World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH) formally created the day in 1992 by the then Deputy Secretary-General Richard Hunter.
  • The day was first observed in 1994 with the theme "Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services Throughout the World".

Initiatives taken by India to Promote Mental Health:-

  • National Mental Health Program:
    • being implemented since 1982 to address mental disorders.
  • Mental HealthCare Act 2017:
    • came into force in 2018 to meet requirements of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Mandodarpan:
    • launched under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
  • Mental Health and Normalcy Augmentation System (MANAS):
    • a mobile app launched in 2021 tp promote mental wellbeing across different age groups.

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