Today, on 10th October, people all around the world celebrate World Mental Health Day with the official theme “Mental Health is a Universal Human Right”. On this day we are reminded not only of the importance of mental health but also the necessity of overcoming stigma around mental illnesses.

Mental health is the foundation of a fulfilling and happy life and every person, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender and age, deserves high-quality psychological services and support. The topic of mental health as a universal human right reminds us that no one should be discriminated against because of their mental illness.

Despite the efforts to raise awareness, many people with mental health problems continue to experience prejudices and discrimination against them. Their rights to have free access to support and to be actively included in society are oftentimes violated. Today is a great opportunity to remind ourselves that mental health is an integral part of our overall health and it is our own responsibility to strive for understanding and acceptance so that all those affected by mental health problems and disorders feel free to look for help and support. Acceptance is the key to the healing of our society.