In years past, there was a stigma attached to seeking help for mental health disorders. Fortunately, this stigma has recently begun to disappear as more and more people reach out for help.
If you or a loved one needs mental health support and depression treatment in the greater Baltimore area, call Baltimore Detox Center to learn about our intimate, family-oriented treatment plans at 833.714.1575 or visit us online today. One of the ways our team promotes depression awareness is World Mental Health Day.
The History of World Mental Health Day
October 10th is World Mental Health Day. This international holiday raises awareness for mental health issues each fall, working to inspire and mobilize worldwide support for mental health. It’s a day dedicated to those working in mental health and those living with mental illness to advocate awareness, share experiences, and foster conversations towards better global mental health. Simultaneously, it’s an opportunity to raise funds and improve mental health infrastructure in developing and first-world countries. For many, World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to self-advocate, raise awareness for depression and seek treatment for depression, bipolar disorder, and other types of mental illness.
The first World Mental Health Day was held in October of 1992. Initially, the holiday didn’t have a specific theme or focus, but in 1994, the first themed day, “Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services throughout the World,” unified 27 countries to improve mental health services across the globe. The holiday has continued to grow in size and scope over the last 26 years, with multilingual programs and support focused on women’s and children’s mental health, trauma and behavioral disorders, and depression as a global crisis. World Mental Health Day reminds us all that mental health is not only an individual but a global challenge and struggle facing people of every age around the world today.
The Importance of Recognizing Mental Illness
Each Mental Health Awareness Day, various programs are held worldwide, educating and advocating for mental health. These educational programs often include:
- Mental health in the workplace
- Tips for suicide prevention
- Mental health at varying stages of life (children, teens, seniors, etc.)
- Strengthening mental health in a crisis
- Destigmatizing mental illness
- Psychological first aid
- Depression signs and symptoms
A single day a year could never be enough time to raise the needed awareness to destigmatize mental illness and help those in need of treatment for depression and other psychological illnesses. However, the day can start open conversations at home and the workplace about mental health and help people spot signs of mental illness or mental duress.
Some classes and programs held for World Mental Health Day last a week or the whole month of October to continue advocacy and improve mental illness support. Global mobilization can greatly impact destigmatizing mental illness, normalizing depression, and funding mental health programs worldwide.
Support Your Mental Health at Baltimore Detox Center
No matter where you are in the world or the state of your mental health, World Mental Health Day reminds us we are stronger and healthier together. If you or a loved one are struggling with depression or other mental illness, Baltimore Detox Center can help. Our intimate live-in facility focuses on mental health alongside detox and recovery programs. Our therapy programs include:
- Dual diagnosis treatment program
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy program
- Dialectical behavior therapy program
- Anxiety treatment program
- Depression treatment program
- Family therapy program
- Group therapy program
- Trauma therapy program
Celebrate World Mental Health Day with Baltimore Detox Center
At Baltimore Detox Center, our team celebrates the importance of mental health treatment during World Mental Health Day and every other day of the year. We pride ourselves in holistic treatment that goes beyond individual patients, focusing on family therapy and group counseling to create stronger, more compassionate relationships at home and in the world. If you’re ready for holistic treatment for depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses, call us at 833.714.1575 today or complete our convenient online form.