The World Mental Health Day is being observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe on Monday, aiming to raise awareness about the mental health issues and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.
This year’s theme of the day is “Mental Health in the Workplace”.
Different social, psychiatrists’ and psychologists’ organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion, wishing success of the day.
The president has urged all concerned to play a responsible role for ensuring mental health services for the people at the grassroots level.
In a message on the eve of the World Mental Health Day-2017, he said, mentally sick people are part of the society and it is the responsibility of all to stand beside them without ignoring.
Abdul Hamid said the concept of health remains incomplete without an adequate understanding of mental health.
The prime minster in her message said, the present government has been implementing various programmes including setting up National Institute of Mental Health at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.
Since the establishment of the institute the hospital has been trying to deliver modern services to the mentally ill people in the community, conduct researches in the field of mental health.
We have introduced mental health services through primary health care system. It is possible to cure mental sickness to a large extent if the causes are identified and treated timely, she added.
The president and the prime minister termed this year’s theme of World Mental Health Day as time-befitting.
They wished success of all programmes of the day.
A recent World Health Organisation (WHO)-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year in lost productivity.
Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability.
Besides, more than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders and many of them live with both.