World Mental Health Day was established in 1992 to raise public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes more open discussion of mental disorders, and encourages efforts in prevention and treatment services.
We know that physical and mental health are intertwined, so a primary goal of World Mental Health Day is to encourage healthcare professionals to address the need to deal with mental health problems of people with chronic physical illnesses and, likewise, the physical care of mental health consumers.
The World Health Organization recommends incorporating mental health into primary care as a cost effective and convenient way of providing services and reducing stigma and discrimination. It is the only annual global awareness campaign to focus attention on specific aspects of mental health and mental disorders.