World Mental Health Day 2021: Myths vs. Facts

Written & Medically Verified by Dr. Aliya Kassamali, PharmD
Reviewed by Sabiha Ladak, MSc Public Health

Each year, October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, a day to bring global attention to mental health. This year, the theme is Mental Health for all: let’s make it a reality.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will have long-lasting effects on mental health that will require attention, investment, and a deeper understanding of how to address mental health concerns. The pandemic has really shown how our families, social lives, finances, and environments deeply affect our mental health. Misconceptions about mental health create a huge barrier to helpful responses.

Let’s debunk some common myths.

The more we understand mental wellness, the more we can support each other!


References:

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