World Mental Health Day - An Expert Column

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Every year since 1992, the World Health Organization observes October 10th as World Mental Health Day – a day to recognize the effects of mental health issues on people’s lives and spread awareness of the help available. Themes from the last few years include schizophrenia, dignity in mental health and mental health in older adults. This year’s theme - “Psychological First Aid” (PFA) - intends to challenge the popular notion that psychological health is less important than physical health.