OP ED | OPINION | ACADEMIA- Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global and a local priority

Therapy: Zefan sees a psychiatrist at a clinic in Yogyakarta on Sept. 30, 2021 to help him with his mental turbulance. (JP/Taufan Wijaya) (JP/Taufan Wijaya)



Every year, International Mental Health Day is commemorated on Oct. 10 in many places in the world, including in Indonesia. October is also dedicated Mental Health Awareness Month. The commemoration has become even more important since 2020, because the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the burden and risk of mental health for many people in the world.

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The pandemic has very clearly shown how inseparable physical health is from mental health. Both are like two sides of the same coin. No health without mental health. Additionally, COVID-19 shows how urgent it is to increase the quantity and quality of investment in mental health policies and programs. Disrupted mental health not only causes suffering and reduces the quality of life and productivity for the sufferers, but also for their families and the surrounding environment. Therefore, the mental health day theme this year is timely, i.e. “Make Mental Health and Wellbeing for All a Global Priority”.

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