The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year.
Mental health in an unequal world
The theme of this year's World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is 'Mental health in an unequal world'. This theme was chosen by a global vote including WFMH members, stakeholders and supporters because the world is increasingly polarised, with the very wealthy becoming wealthier, and the number of people living in poverty still far too high. 2020 highlighted inequalities due to race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and the lack of respect for human rights in many countries, including for people living with mental health conditions. Such inequalities have an impact on people’s mental health.
This year Coatham Surgery has improved access to mental health services through the support our new Social Prescribers and Advanced Mental Health Practitioner. Our Primary Care Network has been selected to participate in a pilot scheme which will soon give us access to a local Mental Health Practitioner for those aged 12-18 years.