The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on the occasion of World Mental Health Day announced that two million people in Afghanistan receive mental health services each year.
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.
The day also provides a platform and opportunity for people who work on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what needs to be done to make mental healthcare a reality for citizens around the world.
With the COVID-19 pandemic changing our lives considerably, mental health has become even more important.
Previously, it was reported that about half of Afghanistan’s population suffers from mental illness.
The Ministry of Public Health cited that given the prevalence of mental disorders, people’s access to these services is still unsatisfactory.
According to World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) the theme for World Mental Health Day 2020 is ‘Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access’.