World Mental Health Day 2018 - 10 October
YOUNG PEOPLE AND MENTAL HEALTH IN A CHANGING WORLD
Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these are exciting times. They can also be times of stress and apprehension however. In some cases, if not recognized and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness. The expanding use of online technologies, while undoubtedly bringing many benefits, can also bring additional pressures, as connectivity to virtual networks at any time of the day and night grows. Many adolescents are also living in areas affected by humanitarian emergencies such as conflicts, natural disasters and epidemics. Young people living in situations such as these are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness.
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World Obesity Day - 11 October
#WorldObesityDay 2018 is raising awareness about the prevalence, severity and diversity of weight stigma. Stigma occurs in a wide variety of settings and the media has been identified as one of the main perpetrators. Current media portrayals of obesity reinforce inaccurate and negative stereotypes about weight which can lead to weight stigma.
World Food Day - 16 October
The collective progress made by many countries in eradicating hunger has recently taken a turn for the worse as a result of prolonged conflict, an increase in extreme weather events linked to climate change and economic slowdown. Today, 821 million people suffer chronic undernourishment, according to the latest State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report. At the same time, obesity levels are rising rapidly and many countries experience the double burden of hunger and obesity. 1.9 billion people are overweight, 672 million of whom are obese. But the world can achieve Zero Hunger if we join forces across nations, continents, sectors and professions, and take account of best practices and lessons learned.
This year’s World Food Day (WFD) calls for action to get back on track.
World Stroke Day - 29 October
Around 80 million people living in the world today have experienced a stroke and over 50m survivors live with some form of permanent disability as a result. While for many, life after stroke won’t be quite the same, with the right care and support living a meaningful life is still possible. As millions of stroke survivors show us every day, it is possible to get #UpAgainAfterStroke