The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on people’s mental health. Some groups have been particularly affected, including frontline and healthcare workers, students, people living alone and those with pre-existing mental health conditions. At the same time, mental health and neurological services and services for substance use disorders were severely disrupted.
However, there is cause for optimism. During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from all countries of the world recognized the need to improve the quality of mental health services at all levels. Some countries have already devised new ways to provide mental health care to their populations.
During this year’s campaign for World Mental Health Day, we will showcase the efforts made by some of these countries and encourage you to highlight positive stories as part of your activities for the day, and become a source of inspiration for others.
We will also provide new materials in easy-to-read formats on how to take care of your mental health and provide support to others in this area as well, and we hope that you will benefit from these materials.