Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn 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.
eating disorder resulting in a severe loss of appetite and refusal to eat.
standard of conduct.
to describe the characteristics of something.
group of organisms or a social group interacting in a specific region under similar environmental conditions.
a disagreement or fight, usually over ideas or procedures.
to handle or deal with problems.
learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.
mental disorder characterized by extreme sadness and emotional withdrawal.
a harmful condition of a body part or organ.
disturbance in physical or mental health.
chemical substance used to change the physical or mental state of an organism.
to cause self-conscious shame.
to inspire or support a person or idea.
disease or sickness.
free from influence, threat, or support.
relationship between two or more forces, objects, or organisms.
to contribute time or money.
to set one thing or organism apart from others.
probable or believable.
to continue, keep up, or support.
having to do with the mind or brain.
mental health Noun
ability of someone to adjust, enjoy, and cope with everyday life and responsibilities.
employees or all people working toward a common goal.
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.
first or most important.
to encourage or help.
public outreach Noun
program by an organization to connect its work to other organizations or the general public.
to identify or acknowledge.
mental disorder often (but not always) characterized by an inability to distinguish between real and imagined things.
person who serves in a military.
to set apart with disgrace or shame.
physical or mental factor (or set of factors) that disturbs the body's normal state of functioning or ability.
to endure pain or loss.
to provide emotional, intellectual, or material encouragement or approval.
beliefs, customs, and cultural characteristics handed down from one generation to the next.