Celebrating World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2023

Oluwaferanmi Omitoyin is the Youth Vice President of the International Association for Youth Mental Health (IAYMH). His responsibilities include working with the Executive Committee to steer the vision of the organization, strategize and plan the association’s conference and engage young people all over the world on subject matters pertinent to mental and/or public health.

Oluwaferanmi was a founding member of The Panacea Project and has volunteered for numerous community health awareness outreaches. He recognized his passion for advocacy as he strongly believes prevention is a better solution than cure. He also been involved in social media campaigns promoting health awareness including mental health.

He is a Nigerian and a medical doctor which interests in Public Health.

This story took place in Nigeria

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We have come a long way in mental health care, and it’s exciting to celebrate with the entire world on this special day this year. Finally, the world is viewing mental health as the universal human right as it ought to be.

Over the years, great strides have been made in learning about and championing mental health, from awareness to education to legislation. It is beautiful to see how global health entities have incorporated mental health as a core component of their mission. It is also important to give credit where it is due; in this vein, it is pertinent to recognize the work of institutions that have fought so hard for the inclusion and widespread acceptance of mental health care, such as the Born This Way Foundation. Individuals who have fought and advocated for mental health efforts, such as the Born This Way Foundation Board Advisor Members, should be applauded for their selfless and courageous efforts in the face of significant challenges and opposition.

While celebrating our many wins, it is of utmost importance to note that there is still a lot of work to be done; in some countries more than others. Progress is being made, and mental health advocates are firing on all cylinders to establish a positive global culture where talking about our struggles and supporting others in their journeys is accepted. From supportive legislation to research and high-level discussions being made, the future is so bright!

I would like to encourage everyone to be a proponent of kindness. Every little act of kindness is a step forward in promoting progress in mental healthcare. Be there for anyone around you who needs help, encourage them to seek help, and link them to available resources in your location.

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