Correct Answer : Option (A) - 10th October
Today is World Mental Health Day. This day is being celebrated every year on October 10, to raise awareness and spread education about mental health issues across the globe and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. The Day was first observed on October 10, 1992 as an annual activity of World Federation for Mental Health. The theme of this year's(2021) World Mental Health Day is 'Mental health in an unequal world'.
The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. Mental health has come to focus in pandemic times like never before as people of all age groups and occupations have come under tremendous stress. Health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions have been particularly affected. People with mental health conditions are at higher risk of dying prematurely.
Mental disorders, are generally characterized by a combination of abnormal thoughts, perceptions, emotions, behavior and relationships with others. Mental disorders include: depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other psychoses, dementia, and developmental disorders including autism.
There are effective strategies for preventing mental disorders such as depression and there are effective treatments for mental disorders and ways to alleviate the suffering caused by them. Access to health care and social services capable of providing treatment and social support is key. People with mental illness need no sympathy, but understanding and support.