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World Mental Health Day 2021

11 October 2021
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Each year on 10 October, the Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan (AKUH, P) participates in International Health Day to raise awareness across Pakistan. It reminds the public that mental health is as important as physical health and comprises emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects daily activities and how people relate to each other. Therefore, it is important to engage in self-care, especially if a person suffers from mental health issues. The risk of poor mental well-being of the public, and specifically vulnerable segments of the population has risen significantly during the pandemic. Dr Nargis Asad, a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor Department of Psychiatry at the Aga Khan University, Karachi, states that “due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, there is tremendous fear and anxiety amongst the public. Overexposure to media, social media, and fake news about Covid-19 has increased anxiety levels, leading to mental health issues amongst the public.”