World Mental Health Day

Ultimate Guide to World Mental Health Day 2023

This World Mental Health Day, tackle stigma and discrimination in your school, business or community with one of our inspirational mental health speakers. In our ultimate guide, discover the best speakers for World Mental Health Day, when to plan your mental health-related event and the theme for 2023.

Guide to World Mental Health Day 2023

What is World Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health Day – otherwise known as Mental Health Awareness Day – is the global celebration of mental health support, education and services. The important awareness day advocates for mental-health-related issues and aims to tackle the stigma that limits peoples’ willingness to seek help.

Mental Health Awareness Day works in unison with Mental Health Awareness Week. See our post on How to Support Your Employees’ Wellbeing from Home & The Office, an article in honour of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Source: Twinkl

When is World Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health Day takes place on the 10th of October every year.

Source: World Health Organization

What is the theme for World Mental Health Day?

The World Mental Health Day theme for 2023 is ‘Mental Health is a Universal Human Right’. 

Mental health issues impact communities differently, depending on their economic status, race, gender, sexuality and age. According to a 2020 study, Black people were four times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act than white people. Similarly, 58% of people receiving benefits reported poor mental health, and 16% of young people reported mental health problems.

Source: Twinkl & Mental Health Foundation

How can I recognise World Mental Health Day?

Though more people than ever are talking about their mental health, there is still a stigma in society attached to being open and honest about how you feel. This stops people from reaching out for help, as they may feel shame or embarrassment. To tackle this, recognise World Mental Health Day within your organisation.

See below our guide to honouring World Mental Health Day, separated by schools, businesses and communities:


  • Organise a guided workshop for the students to process and express their feelings.
  • Raise money for mental health charities with a fundraising event.
  • Hire a mental health speaker to share their story with the students.


  • Appoint a mental health advocate within the organisation for confidential support
  • Ensure that mental health support is central to your employee benefits scheme
  • Hire a mental health speaker to lead an event with your employees


  • Organise a community-wide fundraising event for a mental health charity
  • Create a space where members of the community can talk about their feelings
  • Ensure that residents have access to local and affordable mental health support

Who are the top speakers for World Mental Health Day?

Mental health speakers are the perfect additions to World Mental Health Day events. Specialising in wellbeing, mental resilience and emotional intelligence, our speakers can adapt their presentations to serve your organisation or event best.

The top speakers for World Mental Health Day include:

  • Daniel Lerner – Instructor of New York University’s ‘The Science of Happiness’ Course
  • Hope Virgo – Founder of the Dump The Scales Campaign
  • Emma-Jane Taylor – CEO of The Works Company & Author of ‘Don’t Hold Back’
  • Silvia Garcia – Former Global Director of the Happiness Institute for Coca-Cola
  • Frankie Bridge – Author of ‘OPEN: Why Asking for Help Can Save Your Life’ & MIND Ambassador

See our full list of The Best 10 Speakers for Mental Health Awareness Day 2023.

How do you hire a World Mental Health Day speaker?

If you are interested in booking a mental health speaker, get in contact with one of our dedicated booking agents on 0203 9816 296 or fill out our online contact form to enquire about speakers for World Mental Health Day 2023.

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