World Mental Health Day 2021: mental health in an unequal world

18 Jan 2022

The World Federation for Mental Health’s World International Mental Day falls on October 10th and researchers are being encouraged to share what they know about mental health inequality and ideas about how to tackle this. Many research studies into the treatment and prevention of mental health conditions are taking place, such that ‘Mental and behavioural disorders’ is the most commonly applied condition category for research registered in the ISRCTN registry. 

The theme of ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’ aims to raise awareness of the inequality in access to mental health care, both locally and globally, for marginalised people, particularly for people living in poverty. According to UM 2016 DATA, “nearly 800,000 persons died every year by suicide, and 79 per cent of global suicides occurred in low- and middle-income countries”.