WHO, in its publication 'Investing in Mental Health: Evidence for Action', states that mental health and well-being are fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life. Therefore, these human potentials need to be fostered and nurtured.
WHO holds that despite the importance of creating robust mental health of children at home and early education, very little attention is paid towards this aspect of human development. WHO in its publication states, "The formation of individual and collective mental capital – especially in the earlier stages of life – is being held back by a range of avoidable risks to mental health, while individuals with mental health problems are shunned, discriminated against and denied basic rights, including access to essential care."
According to WHO, the 66th World Health Assembly consisting of Ministers of Health of 194 Member States adopted WHO’s Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 on 27th May 2013 and committed to implement the Action Plan and achieve the specific targets by the year 2020.
In India, World Mental Health Week is meant to be observed in the form of a national public education campaign. In our country, human values and social skills need to be formulated for school education so that the government, educational institutions and other stakeholders can reshape the educational practices and public policy around mental health for better human development.
According to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, the five ways to well-being is a set of five simple evidence-based actions that can improve well-being in everyday life, both at home and society. They are: connect; give; take notice; keep learning; and be active.
At least, we can make a beginning at our respective homes by adopting these five simple ways of collective well being and mental health.