Sunday, October 10 is World Mental Health Day — a day to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.
Project HOPE is working to build a world where mental health is recognized as integral to health, and where everyone has access to quality care.
Mental health is essential to a healthy life. But millions of people around the world struggle silently with anxiety, fear, isolation, and depression, lacking access to the quality care they need.
- 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 young people in the U.S. experience a mental illness each year
- 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
- between 76% and 85% of people in low- and middle-income countries receive no treatment for their disorder
On top of it all, the grim mental health crisis is compounded by COVID-19, climate change, disasters, and humanitarian emergencies. The entire world is in crisis.
And health care workers are at the epicenter of that crisis.
Anxious. Overwhelmed. Guilty. Burned out. Health care workers have felt all of it.
Project HOPE is reaching health care workers around the world with the support they need to cope with stress, heal from trauma, and build resilience to protect their mental health.
Because no one should struggle in silence with burdens others cannot see — but especially the health care workers who sacrifice every day to keep us safe.
Stories of HOPE
The Global Mental Health Crisis: 10 Numbers to Note
The numbers tell the story: Mental health issues are on the rise around the world, and most people don’t have access to the care they need.
Volunteer Voices: Safeguarding Mental Health on the Navajo Nation
Dr. Cristina Riley-Lazo on the unique challenges Navajo health workers face and what their experience reveals about our understanding of mental health.
Mental Health Awareness is Important. But Funding is Imperative.
Mental health is starting to receive the attention it deserves. But attention isn’t enough to solve the problem. Are we willing to invest in the right solutions?
In a Crisis, The Deepest Scars Can’t Be Seen
In many of the world’s biggest humanitarian crises, those who need mental health support the most are the ones least able to access it.
Read more stories about mental health and our programming
- You Can’t Explain How Bad It Is if You Haven’t Actually Been There
- COVID-19 Devastated New York’s Health Workers. Their Experience Is Helping Others Around The World
- Protecting Mental Health
You Can Help
Join us. Your support can help us build a world where mental health is an essential part of a person’s whole health: after a natural disaster, in the throes of a pandemic, and every day. Together, we can take a stand for mental health and step up for those who step in.
Mental health is a human right — and everyone deserves access to the care they need to reach their full potential. Do you agree? If so, here is how you can help.