Whoop 'n' Wail
World Mental Health Day
The 10th October is World Mental Health Day, an event intended to promote awareness and demystify the illnesses that continue to stigmatise sufferers.
Each year a particular form of mental illness is addressed, and this year the central theme is Depression: A Global Crisis. There are various events and discussions going on online and in communities and I would urge everyone to engage with these, particularly as 1 in 10 people currently suffer from depression. There are many commonly held misconceptions about the illness, including the idea that people ‘just’ have depression, and I think it is particularly relevant in the current climate of recession and vast unemployment that this is being addressed.