Monday is globally recognized as World Mental Health Day. The main goals of the day are to raise awareness of mental health and to speak out against the social stigma that comes with discussing the issue.
The day is recognized by private companies and world organizations such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO). Celebrities have also marked the day in a variety of ways, from posting mental health tweets to bigger gestures.
Tennis superstar Venus Williams, actor David Arquette and talk show host/producer Andy Cohen were among those who took to Twitter to cover the occasion. Meanwhile, Selena Gomez has scheduled the release of a trailer for a documentary chronicling her mental health to fall on World Mental Health Day.
Justified Selena Gomez: My mind and IApple Original Films documentary about the singer/actress, directed by Alek Keshishian (Madonna: Truth or Dare). Press materials for the release said the film will address Gomez’s diagnosis of lupus and bipolar disorder.
“There has never been a more important time to be aware of our mental well-being,” said Matthew Shapiro, senior director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness – New York State news week. “The myriad stressors we have experienced as a global society over the past several years have impacted our collective mental health in unprecedented ways, leaving most of us with trauma with many facing anxiety and depression. Mental illness is a global problem and World Mental Health Day reminds us that healing and the transition to mental health requires a global solution.”
For her part, Williams tweeted that she was giving away a free month of therapy “in honor of World Mental Health Day” through online mental health platform BetterHelp.
“Everyone should feel empowered to take care of their mental health without fear of stigma,” Williams wrote.
Cohen, perhaps best known for his various related jobs The real housewives Shows promoted On Our Sleeves, a movement started by Nationwide Children’s Hospital to advance children’s mental health initiatives.
“Conversations can transform children’s lives and have a positive impact on their mental health. It’s a simple step that we can all do every day,” Cohen wrote.
Arquette echoed Cohen’s tweet with a similarly worded message to also promote On Our Sleeves.
dr Ariana Hoet, clinical director of On Our Sleeves and child psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, narrates news week the importance of raising awareness of children’s mental health.
“The mental health and well-being of our children should be a priority today, on World Mental Health Day and every day – with nearly 50 percent of mental health problems identified by age 14,” Hoet said. “On Our Sleeves, the children’s mental health movement, believes it’s important to give communities access to free, evidence-based mental health resources to break stigma and help start conversations around the dinner table, in the classroom and to begin with our peers. manpower.”
Hoet added, “Creating the habit of communicating with our children about how they’re feeling — whether happy, sad, angry, confused, etc. — can help us spot problems early, work towards a solution, and a new level.” of building trust so you can identify if and when more mental health support is needed.”
Nandi Bushell, the 12-year-old drummer prodigy whose popular online videos made her jam onstage with the Foo Fighters, also wrote about the day.
“What makes you happy? When I’m not making music, I love gardening and cooking. Today is World Mental Health Awareness Day,” Bushell wrote. “Please do something today that brings you joy and share it with the world!”
“Call someone today and ask how they’re really doing. How is his day going? You never know; someone out there needs that call,” wrote children’s book author Namita Das on Twitter.
Meanwhile, António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, released a video on World Mental Health Day on Monday.
“We need to strengthen the capacity of health services to provide quality care to those in need, especially young people,” Guterres said in the video. “Investing in mental wellbeing means investing in healthy and prosperous communities.
He continued: “We also need to address stigma and discrimination – and break down the barriers that prevent people from seeking care and support. And we must prevent the root causes of mental illness, including violence and abuse.”
news week has reached out to Gomez, Williams and Cohen for comment.