Health Desk- 08 Oct 2020: With a call for a massive scale-up in investment in mental health, a global social media challenge to get the world moving on mental health was launched on Wednesday.
Ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, the World Health Organization, in collaboration with United for Global Mental Health and the World Federation for Mental Health, are encouraging people from all countries to support a global movement calling for greater investment in mental health.
The #MoveforMentalHealth challenge is asking people around the world to post videos showing what they do in support of their mental well-being ̶ whether it be dancing, walking, doing yoga, cooking, painting or something else entirely, on their favourite social media platforms, using the hashtag #MoveForMentalHealth.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, ‘As we continue to live through a global pandemic, we need movement on mental health, perhaps more than we have ever needed it before’.
CEO and Founder of United for Global Mental Health Elisha London said, ‘Our world wasn’t set up to respond to the growing mental health needs before COVID-19, and it certainly isn’t now.’