COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health. Groups like frontline workers, students, people living alone or ones with pre-existing health conditions have been particularly affected. Services for mental health support have been significantly disrupted. Yet, there is cause for optimism. Governments, schools, offices, communities are scaling up mental health services. We can encourage, empathise, highlight positive stories as part of our own initiatives.
Depression is a common mental health condition. At worst, it can lead to suicide. 1 billion people have a mental disorder. Anyone, anywhere, can be affected. Globally, an estimated 5% of adults suffer from depression. 1 in 7, 10-19 year olds experience a mental disorder. Stigma, lack of awareness, discrimination & human rights abuse is still prevalent. Compassion helps. Rights of people living with mental health conditions can be protected & promoted through legislation, affordable, quality community-based services & support from people with lived experiences. Together, we can.