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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is on October 10th, and at First Care Clinics, we prioritize mental health as much as our physical health. In 1992, the World Federation of Mental Health led by deputy secretary-general at the time, Richard Hunter, created World Mental Health Day. The objective of this day began as just advocating for mental health and bringing awareness. The first theme was created in 1994, passing along the message of “Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services throughout the World.” In 1995, the cause began to pick up globally, and an increase in international events took place that caused more awareness and education worldwide. 
The theme for World Mental Health Day in 2020 is “Mental Health for all: Greater Investment – Greater Access.” The United Nations (2020) states, “Good mental health is critical to the functioning of society at the best of times” (UN, Policy Brief, 2020). With this year’s theme, there is a greater call to action to invest more in mental health. Quality and accessible mental health care are being called as an undeniable right and part of the foundation for universal health coverage. 
This year, World Mental Health Day comes during a weird time for many citizens worldwide. With the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health has been a struggle for those isolated, those who can’t visit loved ones, those who have lost someone, and those who have lost their jobs. Since there is still so much unknown, anxiety has been on the uptick as well as depression. Even before the pandemic, The World Economic Forum (2018) noted that mental health disorders are on the rise in every country, every year, and could cost the global economy up to $16 trillion between 2010 and 2030 if a collective failure to respond is not addressed.
At First Care Clinics, we see your mental health as an essential component of your overall health. Visit our website today for more information about our clinics, and if you feel your mental health is not up to where it should be, see us, and we will point you in the right direction for help and resources.