World Mental Health Day

This year, the theme of World Mental Health Day in 2013 is "Mental health and older adults".

The European Commission highlighted that in 2010, the total costs of mental disorders for health systems, social welfare systems and the economy were estimated to be more than €450 billion. Major depression is among the top three causes of disability in all EU-Member States. Mental disorders are the reason for almost one third of claims for work disability and early retirement in the EU-countries, thereby depriving citizens of health and quality of life, and the labour markets of increasingly scarce human resources.

With the aim of improving the population's mental health and well-being, EuroHealthNet's member - NHS Scotland - has developed "Steps for Stress", a website that includes practical advice on how to deal with stress. It provides concrete steps that can be taken to control stress in one's life and many other tools.

To access the website, please click here

Background

Every year on 10th of October, The World Health Organization joins in celebrating the World Mental Health Day. The day is celebrated at the initiative of the World Federation of Mental Health and WHO supports this initiative through raising awareness on mental health issues using its strong relationships with the Ministries of health and civil society organizations across the globe. WHO also develops technical and communication material and provides technical assistance to the countries for advocacy campaigns around the World Mental Health Day.