World Mental Health Day – 10 October 2018


AffecTech is proud to support the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) World Mental Health Day 2018, which this year is highlighting the important issue of young people and mental health in a changing world.

A major focus of World Mental Health Day 2018 is raising awareness amongst adolescents and young adults on how to look after their mental health, and helping peers, parents and teachers know how to support their friends, children and students.

WHO calls for better understanding and more investment in support for young people’s mental health:

  • Young people can be particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness
  • Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but the majority of cases go undetected and untreated
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds
  • Harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs among adolescents is a major issue in many countries

Celebrating AffecTech’s social impact aims, AffecTech will be supporting WHO’s campaign during and around World Mental Health Day, and we invite all our supporters and partners to utilise efforts and resources to raise awareness about young people and mental health in a changing world.

AffecTech will be aligning our October training event in Istanbul, Turkey with WHO’s World Mental Health Day campaign, raising awareness during the programme of events organised at Bogazici Universitesi:

World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity for everyone working on mental health issues to talk about their work, to raise awareness and take steps to strengthen mental health for people worldwide.

World Mental Health Day takes place 10th October each year raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.

More information and resources are available at WHO’s website:

About AffecTech

The AffecTech project is an international collaborative network that advances personal health technologies for affective disorders – depression, anxiety and bipolar, and aims to deliver an effective low cost technology platform to help sufferers.

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AffecTech has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 722022.