Mental Health is a universal Human Right

Every year the world celebrates World Mental Health Day on 10 October. The theme for 2023, set by the World Foundation of Mental Health, is ‘Mental health is a universal human right’.

Mental health is vital to humanity, allowing us to lead fulfilling lives and contribute fully to our communities. Yet one in eight people around the world lives with a mental health condition, with women and young people being disproportionately impacted.  Three in four people affected receive inadequate treatment — or no care at all.  And many face stigma and discrimination.

Mental health is not a privilege but a fundamental human right — and must be part of universal health coverage.  Governments must provide care that promotes people’s recovery and upholds their rights.  This includes strengthening community-based support and integrating psychological help into broader health and social care.

We must also tackle abuses and break down the barriers that prevent people from seeking support.  And we must address root causes — poverty, inequality, violence, discrimination — and create more compassionate and resilient societies. Especially in the workplace and the educational sector we operate in Pakistan.

At International Centre of Excellence, we tend to reduce the academic pressure by providing students the clear guidelines to follow, making them understand the assignment briefs in the stress-free setting and supportive faculty members. We are always open to take advice from students to make their experience better in every form possible. 

On World Mental Health Day and every day, let us reassert and uphold mental health as a universal human right, and together, build a healthier world where everyone can thrive as a student, teacher, workers and above all as a human being.