Annually, World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is recognized internationally on October 10 and 2023 marks 31 years since it was established by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992. This year’s theme is ‘mental health is a universal human right’ to improve knowledge, raise awareness, and drive actions that promote and protect everyone’s mental health as a universal human right.
The fact that good mental health is an integral part of our overall health and wellbeing is one of the key messages from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) campaign. Good mental health enables people to realize their full potential and be resilient when presented with the challenges of life, such as experiencing a limb loss. Yet 1 in 8 people globally are living with mental health conditions, according to the WHO.
Those who have experienced a significant life change, such as an amputation, can be even more susceptible to mental health challenges. Specifically relevant to the limb loss and limb difference population, the WHO’s factsheet states, “Depression is one of the leading causes of disability, and approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder.” The Amputee Coalition is committed to helping every individual within our community gain access to resources and support on their journey to thrive. We encourage you to connect with the National Limb Loss Resource Center, browse our mental health and wellness information, and explore the Mental Health tab on our Thrive blog. The fight for mental health may not always be easy, but we are here throughout the process.