World Mental Health Day 2023: Promoting Universal Mental Health Rights

achieving global goals. According to WHO, depression ranks among the leading causes of disability, and suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among those aged 15 to 29. Hence, the necessity of dedicating a day to evaluate progress, make informed decisions, and take proactive steps to enhance mental health worldwide.

World Mental Health Day was first observed on October 10, 1992, under the auspices of the World Federation For Mental Health, a global organization comprising over 150 member pets nations. The honor goes to Deputy Secretary-General Richard Hunter. In 1994, the inaugural celebration featured the theme ‘Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services throughout the World.’ Since then, subsequent themes have continuously elevated the discourse surrounding mental health.
The Theme for World Mental Health Day 2023

For the year 2023, the World Health Organization has chosen the theme “Mental Health is a Universal Human Right.” This theme underscores the importance of creating awareness and taking actions that uphold and protect everyone’s mental health as an inherent human right.