World Mental Health Day 2020: Making Mental Health A Reality For All

World Mental Health Day, a programme of the World Federation for Mental Health, has been observed on October 10th since 1992

The world is experiencing the unprecedented impact of the current global health emergency due to COVID-19 that has also impacted on the mental health of millions of people. We know that the levels of anxiety, fear, isolation, social distancing and restrictions, uncertainty and emotional distress experienced have become widespread as the world struggles to bring the virus under control and to find solutions. The current worldwide pandemic arose against an already dire mental health landscape that saw mental health conditions on the rise across the globe.

About 450 million people live with mental disorders that are among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide (WHO’s World Health Report, 2001). One person in every four will be affected by a mental disorder at some stage of their lives while mental, neurological and substance use disorders exact a high toll on health outcomes, accounting for 13% of the total global burden of disease (WHO, 2012). The World Health Organization (2018) states that every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide. Annually, this represents over 800 000 people that die by suicide, which is more than people dying by war and homicide put together.

Mental health is a human right and it is time that mental health is available for all. Quality, accessible primary health care is the foundation for universal health coverage and is urgently required as the world grapples with the current health emergency.

To mark World Mental Health Day 2020, Elsevier presents a curated, open access collection of 25 journal articles and book chapters focused on making mental health a reality for everyone, everywhere. The time for action is now.

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Positive Mental Health, Fighting Stigma and Promoting Resiliency for Children and Adolescents, 2016, Pages 173-184

This chapter addresses Goal 3 by discussing how to transform the culture for mental healthcare access for young people.
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Community Mental Health Engagement with Racially Diverse Populations, 2020, Pages 113-132

This chapter addresses Goal 3 by exploring a faith-based mental health promotion (FBMHP) programme.
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Community Mental Health Engagement with Racially Diverse Populations, 2020, Pages 15-48

This chapter addresses SDGs 3 and 10 by addressing the disparities existing in mental healthcare in the US Latinx population.
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Adolescent Addiction (Second Edition), Epidemiology, Assessment, and Treatment, Practical Resources for the Mental Health Professional, 2020, Pages 215-240

This chapter addresses Goal 3 by discussing smartphone addiction in adolescents.
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Autism 360°, 2020, Pages 269-276

This chapter addresses Goal 3 by discussing early interventions for autistic children via a mobile service system.
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Systems Neuroscience in Depression, 2016, Pages 29-77

This chapter addresses SDG 3 by discussing the mechanisms behind early life stress being a risk factor for depression.
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Handbook of Mental Health and Aging (Third Edition), 2020, Pages 401-415

This chapter addresses Goal 3 by examining technology-based mental health services for the geriatric population.
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Starting At the Beginning, Laying the Foundation for Lifelong Mental Health, 2020, Pages 239-272

This chapter addresses Goal 3 by discussing child-relevant mental health policies.
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Global Mental Health and Psychotherapy, Adapting Psychotherapy for Low- and Middle-Income Countries, Global Mental Health in Practice, 2019, Pages 87-126

This chapter addresses Goal 3 by exploring the use of cognitive behavioral therapy to treat mental health needs in low and middle income countries.
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Technology and Health, Promoting Attitude and Behavior Change, 2020, Pages 129-148

This chapter addresses Goal 3 by examining clinical virtual reality interventions which can help individuals suffering from mental health disorders.