World Mental Health Day takes place each year on October 10, and serves to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of stronger mental health.
As we make progress in the fight against COVID-19, experts are warning of another pending public health crisis: mental health.
Trauma, whether publicly shared or individually experienced, can have effects that last for years. After the 2003 SARS epidemic, people directly affected—particularly health care workers—showed significantly higher rates of burnout and post-traumatic stress in the months following the outbreak, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Moreover, months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization has reported increased rates of mental health symptoms in communities around the world stemming from the impact of COVID-19, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness and increased alcohol consumption.