The goal of World Mental Health Day is to help raise mental health awareness. The day was set up by the World Federation for Mental Health and it was first celebrated in 1992.
Mental health problems affect around one in four people.
Unfortunately the stigma attached to mental health can make the individual's difficulties worse and make it harder for them to recover. Many people's problems are made worse by the stigma and the discrimination they can experience. This can be from society, but sadly also from friends, families and employers.
It's important to understand how to help improve your own mental health and also how to help others!
If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, then the organisations and services below can provide you with help and advice. Don't battle with it alone.
www.samaritans.org - provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day. The Samaritans can be called on 116 123.
Mind - offer advice, legal information, and support across a range of mental health conditions. They can be reached on 0300 123 3393 or you can text Mind on 86463.
Rethink Mental Illness - offers practical advice and support to those experiencing severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, and to their carers and relatives. The Rethink Advice Line can be reached on 0300 5000 927.
Time to Change - Time to Change is committed to changing how people think and talk about mental health in the workplace.
Anxiety UK - Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774.
CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35. Phone: 0800 58 58 58.
Mental Health Foundation - Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.