The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This World Mental Health Day the theme is mental health in an unequal world.

For those of us experiencing mental illness, we live in an unequal world: stigma, discrimination, lack of support, and limited access to housing and employment & welfare.

Things are slowly starting to change. Stigma around some mental health issues such as anxiety and depression have improved, the NHS Long Term Plan has committed to creating a community model of mental health care and the Government is in the process of reforming the Mental Health Act. But we still have a long way to go.

Members of the Black, Asian and minority ethnic community are still four times more likely than their white counterparts to be sectioned. LGBT+ people have increased risk of suicidal behaviour and self-harm than non-LGBT+ people. People living with severe mental illness still have a shorter life expectancy than others.

This is the reality of mental health in an unequal world. This is inequality. And it has to change.

This World Mental Health Day, do one thing, and join the campaign to end the injustice in mental health.

Find out more here

Getting help

If you are concerned that you are developing a mental health problem you should seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority. If you are in distress and need immediate help and are unable to see a GP, you should visit your local A&E.

For further support, please click here for a list of mental health support providers you can contact.

You can help us to create a fair society where everyone can participate and fulfil their potential. With your support, we can make a massive difference to carers and those they support.

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