World Mental Health Day 2023 was celebrated today (10) under the central theme; “Mental health is a universal human right.” This global initiative aims to boost awareness, deepen understanding, and increase action to champion and safeguard the mental health of all as a basic human right.
Mental health is unequivocally recognized as a fundamental human right, extending to every individual, regardless of their background or location. This encompassing right includes protection from mental health hazards, access to available, accessible, acceptable, and high-quality care, as well as the freedom to lead independent lives and actively participate in their communities.
The significance of good mental health cannot be overstated. It is integral to our overall well-being and physical health.
Alarming statistics reveal that one in eight people worldwide grapple with mental health conditions that not only impact their physical health but also their social connections and livelihoods.
Disturbingly, mental health conditions are on the rise among adolescents and young adults.
Crucially, having a mental health condition should never be grounds for infringing upon an individual’s human rights or excluding them from decisions concerning their own health.
Yet, across the globe, individuals with mental health conditions confront a multitude of human rights violations. Many find themselves ostracized and marginalized within their communities, while others encounter discrimination.
Moreover, far too many individuals are unable to access the essential mental health care they require, or they are subjected to care that violates their fundamental human rights.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is dedicated to driving immediate action to ensure that every person can exercise their human right to mental health and access the quality mental health care they deserve.
Together, we can strive for a world where mental health is universally valued, advocated for, and protected.