World Mental Health Day 2020

Initiated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year with a focus on increasing awareness of mental health across the world. In 2020, the World Mental Health Day will fall on a Saturday. On this day, all stakeholders have an opportunity to discuss about their efforts, and what can be accomplished to make mental health care a need for people across the world.

When is World Mental Health Day Celebrated in 2020

Date Day Celebrated
10 October 2020 Saturday Across the world

In 2020, the World Mental Health Day will be celebrated on 10th October which is a Saturday. The theme has not been revealed yet. The World Mental Health Day 2019 theme was ‘Suicide Prevention’. As per the WHO, about 800,000 people take their own life every year and there are several people who attempt suicide. It’s the second leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year olds across the world.

World Mental Health Day from 2021 to 2024

Year Date Day
2021 10 October Sunday
2022 10 October Monday
2023 10 October Tuesday
2024 10 October Wednesday

History of World Mental Health Day

For the first time on 10 October 1992, the World Mental Health Day was observed, and it’s officially commemorated on 10th October each year since then. Initially, the Day did not have any specific theme, with a general focus on educating the public on issues related to mental health as well as encourage mental health advocacy.

The first theme for the World Mental Health Day was used in 1994, it was ‘Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services throughout the World’.

List of World Mental Health Day Themes

Here are the themes of the World Mental Health Day:

1996: Women and Mental Health

1997: Children and Mental Health

1998: Mental Health and Human Rights

1999: Mental Health and Aging

2000-01: Mental Health and Work

2002: Effects of Trauma and Violence on Children and Adolescents

2003: Emotional Behaviour Disorders of Children and Adolescents

2004: Relationship Between Physical and Mental Health: Co-occurring Disorders

2005: Mental and Physical Health Across the Life Span

2006: Building Awareness – Reducing Risk: Mental Illness and Suicide

2007: Mental Health in a Changing World: The Impact of Culture and Diversity

2008: Making Mental Health a Global Priority: Scaling up Services through Citizen Advocacy and Action

2009: Mental Health in Primary Care: Enhancing Treatment and Promoting Mental Health

2010: Mental Health and Chronic Physical Illnesses

2011: The Great Push: Investing in Mental Health

2012: Depression: A Global Crisis

2013: Mental Health and Older Adults

2014: Living with Schizophrenia

2015: Dignity in Mental Health

2016: Psychological and Mental Health First Aid

2017: Mental Health in Workplace

2018: Young People and Mental Health in Changing World

2019: Suicide Prevention

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Mental Health Action Plan

At the 66th World Health Assembly of the WHO, a comprehensive action plan 2013-2020 was initiated. The main objectives of the action plan are:

  • Provide integrated, responsive and comprehensive social care and mental health services in a community-based environment.
  • Strengthen evidence, research and information systems for mental health.
  • Execute plans for prevention and promotion of mental health.
  • Strengthen governance and effective leadership for mental health.

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