World Mental Health Day Encourages Open Conversation
It was first celebrated in 1992
Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day, a day for engaging in healthy dialogue surrounding mental illness and personal well-being.
This day commemorates the normalization of mental health discussions, which are frequently taboo topics in culture. Dr. Kimberly Rios, an associate professor of psychology, said mental illness is typically utilized as a form of discrimination against groups of people.
“For a lot of people, mental illness is important and a very salient social identity to them,” Rios said. “However, it’s still socially acceptable to express negative opinions about somebody because of mental health issues, or to express concerns about hiring a person or accepting them into a degree program because of some sort of mental illness issue.”
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