Mental Health is a global issue. World Day does nothing but remind us of this dimension. But as the 2019 day context focuses particularly on suicides there is one additional element that is far more dynamic than any official report: the memory of 800.000 victims per year and especially of the young people included in this number; suicides are now the second leading cause of death for youth even with an increasing tendency.

The findings of multiple scientific studies and long-term application of the respective therapeutic schemes have established the notion that Sport, Physical Exercise and appropriate Physical Activities can make a decisive contribution to the prevention and treatment of a range of mental illnesses and conditions: Sport helps. However, its integration into mainstream therapeutic approaches is unjustifiably lagging behind and ENALMH is constantly fighting for a strategic partnership between Sport and Mental Health.

We rely on the eight parameters that make up the current picture as stated in the "WHO Special Initiative for Mental Health (2019-2023): Universal Health Coverage for Mental Health, THEORY OF CHANGE" and put questions that require answers from everyone.

The questions and related materials, organised in three daily units, will be presented on three consecutive days during October 8th-10th as we attempt to make Mental Health a daily affair in addition to anniversary events.




2019 world mental health day campaign logo 1st day

2019 world mental health day campaign logo 2nd day

2019 world mental health day campaign logo 3rd day




There can be no health or sustainable development without mental health
What sustainable development means given that the low- and middle-income countries bear most of the global suicide burden, with an estimated 75% of all suicides occurring in these countries?
Do we dare to project the trends related to the mental disorders statistics on the overall EU demographics 2018 – 2070?


Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$1 trillion per year
Depression and anxiety are strictly connected to the social life overall conditions. Do we focus on and reveal the social factors?
Cost means profits for some. How would we feel in case that this 1 trillion would be the reason that MH continues to be so vulnerable and without effective approach?


800 000/year deaths from suicide, which is a leading cause of death in young people
Why 10 years ago was the third leading cause instead of the current second place ?
We discuss about the fiscal sustainability of the Health Systems. Though what about their moral sustainability when we let our children to be killed or better we kill our children?


Mental health conditions cause 1 in 5 years lived with disability
Are physical disabilities caused by non-fatal suicide attempts defined and included?


Treatment coverage is extremely low
Next EU MFF –health funding:
  • ESF+ :EUR 101 billion
  • Health strand EUR 413 million
Is this the meaning of priority?
Why don’t we speak for prevention instead of limiting us in treatment? Do we find the rate of 3% budget allocated to prevention sufficient?
Due to the necessary funding a system based on consumption of services and drugs instead of the promotion of Active Living will always provide a treatment coverage extremely lower that the needed one. To catch a fish or educate on fishing?


People with mental health conditions often experience severe human rights violations, discrimination and stigma
Despite the historically established approaches the marginalization of the patients helps to hide reasons, maintain insufficient systems and avoid actions.
Do always mental health therapeutic schemes take into consideration the European Charter of the Rights of the Patients? What about the involuntary treatment rates or the so poor incorporation of physical exercise and arts in therapy?


Lack of sustained financing for services at scale
How the total public funding is allocated per sector?


Effective evidence-based care is available but provision of services is lacking
Are the MH services users and the MH practitioners aware on the research findings on the high positive effects of Sport and Physical Exercise on mental health treatments?