Mental Health Awareness Month 2023 “Look Around, Look Within”: A Journey to Understanding and Healing By J. Ediae

As we step into May 2023, we embark on a journey into one of the most significant aspects of human well-being – mental health. This year’s theme, “Look Around, Look Within,” serves as a reminder that mental health affects us all; it is an issue that touches every individual, family, and community worldwide.

The pandemic has brought to light the severity of mental health issues and the critical need for their awareness and mitigation. Global studies reveal that over 700 million people are affected by mental illness, and nearly half of all disabilities are associated with mental health disorders. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression will be the leading cause of disability worldwide by 2030.

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