What’s So Special About 10 October?

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. World Mental Health Day, a programme of the World Federation for Mental Health, was observed for the first time on 10 October 1992.

World Day Against Death Penalty

Launched in 2003 and held every year on October 10, World Day Against the Death Penalty strengthens the international fight against the death penalty with the goal of abolishing capital punishment worldwide. A specific theme is highlighted each year in order to draw attention to this grave human rights abuse. The Advocates for Human Rights’ Amy Bergquist chairs the working group for World Day for the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, headquartered in Paris, France. She is also a member of the Coalition’s steering committee and a Vice President of the World Coalition.


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