Of course, it's not just about destigmatising mental health issues — it's also about taking steps to make sure that those who suffer have access to the care they need. But to get there, the WHO has formulated a mental health action plan, which calls for a change to the prevailing shame that keeps people from seeking help.
The WHO has promoted the hashtag #WorldMentalHealthDay across social media platforms, encouraging more open discussion around taking care of your emotional health.
Read ahead to see how eight people are honoring World Mental Health Day.
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