World Mental Health Day 2021

Paris, Desteen, Sinagtala | October 10th, 2021

According to the World Mental Health Federation, 75% to 95% of people who have mental health disorders have difficulties in accessing mental health services which gives a higher chance of mental health risks. Indigenous people, LGBTQ+ folks, women, and people with disabilities, among other minorities face a lot of discrimination. The LGBTQ that lives with HIV are prone to the risks of the COVID-19 virus because of the low immune system but due to the threat of discrimination, avoiding or postponing medical treatment occurs which causes negative psychological effects. Meanwhile, women are more affected by depression, anxiety, and psychological distress to than men as pressures from gender discrimination, poverty, malnutrition, domestic violence, and sexual abuse become detrimental to their mental state. 


Various acts of discrimination are the reasons why some indigenous people, LGBTQ+ folks, women, and people with disabilities have a hard time accessing proper health care systems. It is a hindrance that can cause various negative effects to their mental health. 


Moreover, according to the WHO, many patients in developing countries who suffer from anxiety and/or depressive disorders remain unrecognized and are left untreated. Those who disclose their psychological and emotional distress also tend to experience gender bias from health workers, making it more difficult for women to seek help. This prejudice hinders them from receiving fundamental resources and proper treatments for their mental health.  With all this in mind, let’s take it upon ourselves to end the stigma surrounding mental health problems and provide the necessary support for the people around us who struggle.


References


Gruberg, S., Mahowald, L., & Halpin, J. (2020, October 6). The state of the LGBTQ community in 2020. Center for American Progress. https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbtq-rights/reports/2020/10/06/491052/state-lgbtq-community-2020/. 


Ivbijaro, G. (n.d.). Mental health in an unequal world. About the global campaign | WFMH world mental health day 2021. http://wmhd2021.com/template.php?file=about-the-global-campaign.html


Mental Health Europe. (2021, April 7). World Health Day 2021: Inequalities in mental health is a systemic issue and should be addressed at its core. https://www.mhe-sme.org/world-health-day-2021/


Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. (2020, May 7). Covid-19: The suffering and resilience of LGBT persons must be visible and inform the actions of States. OHCHR. https://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=25884&LangID=E. 


Prout, T. (2021, July 8). The importance of mental health during a pandemic. National University. https://www.nu.edu/resources/the-importance-of-mental-health-during-a-pandemic/


World Health Organization. (n.d.). Gender and women's mental health. https://www.who.int/teams/mental-health-and-substance-use/promotion-prevention/gender-and-women-s-mental-health


Keyword: Mental health, end the stigma

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