WASHINGTON (Circa) — Each year on October 10, a variety stakeholders, including politicians, medical experts and celebrities, stand in solidarity to eradicate stigmas associated with mental health on World Mental Health Day. This year's theme focuses on "young people and mental health in a changing world."
"We want to bring attention to the issues our youth and young adults are facing in our world today and begin the conversation around what they need in order to grow up healthy, happy and resilient," the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) said on its website.
Mental health awareness has become particularly important in the digital age, WFMH says, as an increasing number of adolescents interact with one another online and likely to experience things like cyber bullying.
"[Cyber bullying] victims experience lack of acceptance in their peer groups, which results in loneliness and social isolation," Helen Cowie wrote in an article published by Cambridge University. "The young person’s consequent social withdrawal is likely to lead to low self-esteem and depression."
When it comes to American youths, however, research suggests that anxiety, not depression, is the most common mental health issue. And it doesn't look like it's changing anytime soon.
According to data collected from the National Survey of Children's Health for ages 6 to 17, researchers discovered a 20 percent increase in anxiety diagnoses between 2007 and 2012.
You can do your part in helping eradicate mental health taboos, too. Support the cause by wearing green.
Be a hero on #WorldMentalHealthDay by doing one of the following: Upload a photo wearing a green ribbon, draw a ribbon on your face, hand, arm for a selfie and upload, or take a picture of something green for social media #NotAllHeroesWearCapes pic.twitter.com/lsIPcBBazW— WorldMentalHealthDay (@WMHDay) October 8, 2018