What is World Mental Health Day?
World Mental Health Day is an annual event run by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). Its objective is to raise awareness of mental health problems across the world and to also examine how mental health care can be mobilised and made more accessible for everyone. This day is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is a chance for employers, stakeholders and everyday people to talk openly about mental health and discuss how we can work together to improve support.
We’ve all been hit hard by COVID-19 in a number of ways, so this year’s WMHD will be particularly important in light of the reported worldwide increase in mental health issues during the pandemic. This year, the theme is ‘Mental Health for All – Greater Investment – Greater Access’ and will focus on awareness, advocacy, action and accessibility. And the good news is that everyone can get involved anywhere in the world.
When is World Mental Health Day?
Every year, World Mental Health Day takes place on the 10th of October, and in 2021 it will fall on a Sunday – though it’s not uncommon for workplaces to run events in the week before or after the day itself to mark the occasion.
How to observe World Mental Health Day
Inspire, comfort and educate your workforce with a mental health speaker for this year’s World Mental Health Day. The unfortunate truth is that mental health issues are experienced by a huge proportion of the world – meaning that many of us have or will experience mental health issues, or know somebody who does. As such, normalising the discussion around mental health and removing the stigma is at the top of the list for many workplaces.
Education and exposure surrounding these issues by throwing an event to mark the day can go a long way to informing employees about your stance on mental health, showing them that they are supported and understood. Whether it’s a guest speaker, a panel discussion, a Q&A session – these events can also help employees find a community spirit regarding mental health, and can empower workers by establishing a safe space and time to explore the issue together.
Benefits of supporting your employees’ mental health
Companies who invest in their employees’ mental health are likely to see increased productivity, morale and fewer sick days – leading to a happier, healthier workforce. Part of this journey towards recognising and addressing the mental health of employees comes from awareness – and that’s why World Mental Health Day is so valuable. By listening to the stories and insights of speakers, your employees can feel supported, inspired and motivated on the journey towards better mental health.
Book a speaker to talk about mental health
If you’re searching for the perfect speaker to mark your event for World Mental Health day, then Kruger Cowne can help. We have a diverse choice of passionate and experienced speakers in the field of mental health and wellness, available to book for any virtual online events, panel discussion, workshops, in-person events or Q&A sessions.
Just a few of our speakers available for booking include:
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