Blog Party: World Mental Health Day, October 10In recognition of World Mental Health Day on October 10, 2011, Psych Central is hosting an international blog party to celebrate the day and bring greater awareness to mental health issues.

We’re asking all bloggers around the world — whether you blog on health or mental health topics specifically or not — to blog an entry on October 10 about mental health — to help increase awareness and education about mental disorders and emotional health. It can be about you, a friend’s or a loved one’s story in coping with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, or something else mental health-related.

Because mental health is something that can’t be seen, people often either take it for granted, or try and pretend it doesn’t exist. Prejudice around mental health issues can exist not only amongst our loved ones sometimes, but also by health care professionals. We ignore our own mental health and that of our loved ones at our own peril.

Treatment for mental illness has never been more readily available and more affordable, yet treatment rates for mental disorders continue to barely budge (and in some cases, they’re even on the decline).

Please, consider joining us for World Mental Health Day and blog on October 10! You can learn more at our special World Mental Health Day blog.