10 October 2017

[VIDEO] Speak up & speak out for World Mental Health Day!

Mental health should not be a taboo topic.

For many, issues related to mental health are a day-to-day reality that cannot & should not be swept under the rug.

We need to talk about it. We need to give those who suffer from it the dignity & respect they deserve.

We must ensure everyone has access to quality health services & resources.


Good mental health is not just right—it’s a human right.


Together we can eliminate the stigma that persists & prevents people from speaking freely—& without judgement—about mental health.

Speak up & speak out today!


Hashtags: #WMHDay #MentalHealth #EWECisME


CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW for the premiere of NYC slam poet Miles Hodges’ original poem addressing mental health challenges for adolescents, entitled Until My Mama Calls (UN Edit).




2017 Theme: Mental health in the workplace

World Mental Health Day is observed annually in order to raise awareness for mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.  It provides an opportunity for those involved in mental health care issues to talk about what needs to be done so that it could be a worldwide possibility.

During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing. Employers and managers who put in place workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work. A negative working environment, on the other hand, may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity.

Depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that have an impact on our ability to work, and to work productively. Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Many of these people live with both. A recent WHO-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year in lost productivity.

Learn more.


Did you know?
  • Poor mental health can affect the development of adolescents and is associated with poor health outcomes such as higher alcohol, tobacco and illicit substances use, adolescent pregnancy and risky behaviours.


  • Half of all mental health problems start by age 14, but most cases are unreported, which leave them undetected and untreated.


  • Depression is the third leading cause of illness and disability among adolescents (based on DALY – Disability-Adjusted Life Year). Learn more.


  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death in older adolescents (15–19 years).

Artist’s bio:

Miles Hodges is a 25 year-old local New York City slam poet working with The Strivers Row.  He has been featured on the second and third seasons of the television series, Verses and Flow as well as been named one of the theroot.com’s Young Futurists. Miles continues to share his work with university campuses around the world and graciously teamed up with Every Woman Every Child to promote World Mental Health Day 2017.

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