World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2023

October 10, 2023

Today, on October 10th, we commemorate World Mental Health Day, a global initiative aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues and fostering support for those who are struggling.

This day serves as a reminder that mental health is a crucial aspect of our overall well-being and that we must prioritize it just as we would our physical health.

What is World Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health Day was established in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health. Its primary goal is to draw attention to mental health challenges faced by individuals worldwide and to advocate for better mental health care.

This annual event serves as a platform for various stakeholders, including organizations, policymakers, and individuals, to come together and discuss their work, share insights, and identify areas where improvements are needed.

The Importance of Mental Health

Mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and behave, and it influences how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Just like our physical health, mental health is essential for leading a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Recent studies have shown an increase in mental health disorders across the US. Here in Indiana, we trend even higher than most parts of the country.

Poor mental health can also lead to a mental illness, such as depression or anxiety, but poor mental health does not always indicate the presence of a mental illness.

Mental illnesses caused by poor mental health include but are not limited to, anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia and many others. In the United States, one in every five adults will suffer from a mental health disorder each year, and one in every six children aged 6 to 15 will suffer from a mental health disorder each year (, 2022a).

In 2019, one in every three high school students in the United States reported feeling sad or hopeless a 40% increase from those who reported in 2009 (CDC, 2022b).

Individuals with poor mental health are more likely to engage in substance abuse and suicide; it has been reported that 46 percent of those who die by suicide in the United States had a known mental health condition (, 2022b).

In the United States, alcohol was involved in 22% of suicide deaths, and the use of alcohol and/or illicit drugs increases the likelihood of developing a mental disorder (SAMHSA, 2022).

Getting Comprehensive Mental Health Treatment

At Allendale Treatment, we firmly believe in addressing the root causes of mental health disorders to facilitate true healing. Our approach is rooted in trauma-informed care, recognizing that underlying trauma often drives the presenting symptoms.

Whether you are dealing with clinical depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or co-occurring disorders, our aim is to provide holistic care that addresses the core issues and promotes long-lasting recovery.


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