The slogan for World Mental Health day 2021 is, "Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality".
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health. Some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. And services for mental, neurological, and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted.
During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from around the world recognised the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels. Some countries have found new ways of providing mental health care to their populations.
During this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign, the WHO is preparing to showcase the efforts made in some of these countries and encourage everyone to highlight positive stories as part of their own activities.
The WHO is also providing new materials, on how to take care of our own mental health and provide support to others too.
The new Mental Health Atlas paints a disappointing picture of a worldwide failure to provide people with the mental health services they need, at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting a growing need for mental health support.
“It is extremely concerning that, despite the evident and increasing need for mental health services, which has become even more acute during the COVID-19 pandemic, good intentions are not being met with investment,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “We must heed and act on this wake-up call and dramatically accelerate the scale-up of investment in mental health because there is no health without mental health.”