The Bible Society of India observed the “World Mental Health Day” by following the special order of service prepared by the BSI Media and Special Audience Department on October 10th, 2021.
It was started as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health. World Mental Health Day is now observed on 10th October every year, to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.
Mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health. About 1 billion people are living with mental disorders; 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol, and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide. Social stigma, discrimination, and human rights abuses of people with mental health conditions further precipitate the situation of mental health disorders.
Everyone everywhere needs to participate in support of our own mental health, and to support friends and all who are struggling with mental health issues.
The Covid-19 pandemic is having a major impact on people’s mental health. During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from around the world recognized the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels.
Scripture portion was chosen from Mathew 9: 9-13. It was a beautiful passage to reflect upon.
Pray that, we as the Bible Society of India will continue to share the message of Hope, Peace and Love to the people with mental illness. Let us journey together and be united in showing our love and care to those who are suffering with mental illness.