October 10, 2022 is World Mental Health Day- (WHO). The slogan, “make mental health & well-being for all a global priority”

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According to the WHO, 1 in 8 people globally were living with a mental disorder in 2019––a statistic that does not account for the negative mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

During the pandemic, there were major disruptions in mental health services, widening the treatment gap that many patients faced

Despite how widespread mental health problems are, services, skills and funding for this global health issue “remain in short supply, especially in low and middle-income countries”- WHO

People with mental health conditions often die prematurely - as much as 20 years earlier than the average person - due to preventable physical conditions

To combat the global mental health issue, the United Nations’ calls for 80% of nations to integrate mental health into primary healthcare by 2030

It is more imperative than ever that we continue to educate ourselves on the symptoms of mental illness and the help that is available

Mental illness affects anyone regardless of age, gender, religion, education level, or socioeconomic status