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    On October 10, 1992, the world first recognized World Mental Health Day. World Mental Health Day promotes education about mental illness and equality for people living with disorders such as depression, stress, or anorexia.
     
    By better understanding mental illnesses, communities are less likely to stigmatize those suffering from them. World Mental Health Day encourages communities to invest in public outreach and education, as well as hospitals, drugs, and other treatments for mental health. 
     
    World Health Day themes have focused on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (which primarily affects soldiers and other military personnel returning from conflict) and better understanding the role of culture and tradition in maintaining mental health. The theme for 2014 was “Living with Schizophrenia,” a disease often characterized by the inability to tell the difference between what is real and what is not.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    ability Noun

    power or capacity to do something.

    anorexia Noun

    eating disorder resulting in a severe loss of appetite and refusal to eat.

    behavior Noun

    standard of conduct.

    characterize Verb

    to describe the characteristics of something.

    community Noun

    group of organisms or a social group interacting in a specific region under similar environmental conditions.

    conflict Noun

    a disagreement or fight, usually over ideas or procedures.

    cope Verb

    to handle or deal with problems.

    culture Noun

    learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.

    depression Noun

    mental disorder characterized by extreme sadness and emotional withdrawal.

    disease Noun

    a harmful condition of a body part or organ.

    disorder Noun

    disturbance in physical or mental health.

    drug Noun

    chemical substance used to change the physical or mental state of an organism.

    embarrass Verb

    to cause self-conscious shame.

    encourage Verb

    to inspire or support a person or idea.

    illness Noun

    disease or sickness.

    independent Adjective

    free from influence, threat, or support.

    interaction Noun

    relationship between two or more forces, objects, or organisms.

    invest Verb

    to contribute time or money.

    isolate Verb

    to set one thing or organism apart from others.

    likely Adjective

    probable or believable.

    maintain Verb

    to continue, keep up, or support.

    mental Adjective

    having to do with the mind or brain.

    mental health Noun

    ability of someone to adjust, enjoy, and cope with everyday life and responsibilities.

    military Noun

    armed forces.

    personnel Noun

    employees or all people working toward a common goal.

    physical Adjective

    having to do with the body.

    post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Noun

    psychological disorder characterized by flashbacks, fatigue, and anxiety, affecting people who have endured or witnessed events such as torture, murder, rape, or war.

    primarily Adverb

    first or most important.

    promote Verb

    to encourage or help.

    public outreach Noun

    program by an organization to connect its work to other organizations or the general public.

    recognize Verb

    to identify or acknowledge.

    require Verb

    to need.

    schizophrenia Noun

    mental disorder often (but not always) characterized by an inability to distinguish between real and imagined things.

    soldier Noun

    person who serves in a military.

    stigmatize Verb

    to set apart with disgrace or shame.

    stress Noun

    physical or mental factor (or set of factors) that disturbs the body's normal state of functioning or ability.

    suffer Verb

    to endure pain or loss.

    support Verb

    to provide emotional, intellectual, or material encouragement or approval.

    tradition Noun

    beliefs, customs, and cultural characteristics handed down from one generation to the next.