International Days October 10 2013 (United Nations)
The following is an overview of the days and the corresponding celebration declared by the United Nations that apply to Thursday, 2013-10-10:
World Mental Health Day: [WHO] World Mental Health Day, celebrated every year on October 10th, is a day dedicated to raising awareness of the seriousness of the consequences of mental ill-health. There are many different types of mental illness including anxiety, neurosis, depression, psychosis, bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. Moreover, on this day, health organizations schedule activities to raise awareness of the need to allocate more resources for the treatment of mental disorders. According to Shekhar Saxena, Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO, "almost half of the world’s population lives in a country where, on average, there is one psychiatrist (or less) to serve 200,000 people... many low-income countries have less than one mental health specialist per one million population."
World Sight Day: [WHOSPN] Held every year on the second Thursday in October, World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired. The Day is observed around the world and is the main advocacy event for the prevention of blindness and for "Vision 2020: The Right to Sight", a global effort to prevent blindness created by WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
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