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09 Oct 2020

World Mental Health Day


Topics: mental health

World Mental Health Day is on October 10 and comes at a time that has seen lives around the world change entirely due to a pandemic the world is facing.

Whether front line workers, families, the young or elderly, all have been impacted and been forced to make many difficult decisions.

Health, safety, education, careers and the economy as a whole have seemingly been turned upside down as we try our best to live in spite of.

Given the times, let's not only the day but every thereafter to make mental health a priority in your life.

For the first time, the World Health Organization will be hosting a global online advocacy event, The Big Event for Mental Health on October 10.

The details include:

World leaders, mental health experts and celebrity guests will join WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to tell the world what we can all do to improve our mental health and how we can help make sure that quality mental health care is available to everyone who needs it.

During the event, which will be streamed live on major social media channels, you will:

  • Learn how WHO, together with our partners, is helping improve the mental health of people in countries throughout the world;
  • Hear from national and international leaders about why they are making mental health a priority;
  • Hear first-hand why internationally-renowned artists have become mental health advocates and listen to their advice for those who are struggling; and
  • Listen to critically-acclaimed musicians perform some of their most popular music.

How to watch the Big Event

Tune in from one of WHO’s social media channels:

FacebookTwitterLinkedInYouTube and TikTok channels

Start time: 10:00 New York, 16:00 Geneva, 19:30 New Delhi                          

The Event is expected to last three hours.

Host and participants

Award-winning journalist, Femi Oke, will host the event. She will be joined by mental health advocates and performers including:

  • Cynthia Germanotta: President and Co-Founder (with her daughter Lady Gaga) of Born This Way Foundation and WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Mental Health
  • Alisson Becker: goalkeeper for Liverpool Football Club and the Brazilian National Football Team and WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Health Promotion
  • Natália Loewe Becker: medical doctor and WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Health Promotion
  • Talinda Bennington: widow of Linkin Park lead vocalist Chester Bennington and founding partner of the mental health advocacy organization 320 Changes Direction
  • Klas Bergling: father of DJ, musician and producer Tim Bergling, aka Avicii, and Co-founder of the Tim Bergling Foundation.
  • Korede Bello: Founder of the Korede Bello Foundation, mental health advocate, and singer and songwriter from Nigeria
  • Jonny Benjamin: mental health campaigner, film producer and public speaker

Also participating will be national and international leaders who have championed mental health in their own countries:

  • Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians
  • Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of Republic of Maldives 
  • Epsy Campbell Barr, First Vice-President of Costa Rica
  • Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Netherlands
  • António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
  • Peter Sands: Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • Muhammad Ali Pate: Global Director, Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank