The Covid-19 pandemic has created a global crisis for mental health, fuelling short – and long-term stresses and undermining the mental health of millions. Estimates put the rise in both anxiety and depressive disorders at more than 25% during the first year of the pandemic. This year theme: Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority; with the objective of drawing attention to the mental health needs and issues across the globe. This is important for South Africa since 1 in 3 South Africans will or do suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lifetime. The harsh reality is that fewer than 1 in 10 people with a mental illness in South Africa has access to mental health care.
Stigma and discrimination continue to be a barrier to social inclusion and access to the right care; importantly, we can all play our part in increasing awareness about which preventive mental health interventions work and World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to do that collectively. We envision a world in which mental health is valued, promoted, and protected; where everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy mental health and to exercise their human rights; and where everyone can access the mental health care they need.
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Sources: World Health Organization (WHO) and South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)