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World Mental Health Day Scotland

Every year, the World comes together on 10 October for World Mental Health Day to promote positive mental health, raise awareness of mental health difficulties and to tackle stigma.

In Scotland around one in three people are estimated to be affected by mental health difficulties in any year.

This year, World Mental Health Day comes at a time when all of our lives have changed dramatically. The coronavirus pandemic has had a real impact on the mental health and wellbeing for many of us, and greater investment in mental health has never been so important.

This year’s theme, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is ‘mental health for all’. That’s why we’re calling for positive mental health to be a reality for everyone, everywhere.

Looking after your mental health is just as important as your physical health. The 5 ways to wellbeing are simple things you can do to look after your mental health each day.

#IThrive – what makes you thrive? 

With the launch of iThrive Edinburgh on 9 October, in time for World Mental Health Day, we want you to tell us what you do to look after your mental health and wellbeing. What makes you feel good, keeps you well and thrive?

For me: 

  • I thrive by going for a walk
  • I thrive by dancing to my favourite song in the kitchen
  • I thrive by calling my friend for a chat after a long day.

By sharing how you thrive, we can learn from each other and inspire one another to take positive steps to look after our mental health and wellbeing. 

We’re calling on everyone to get involved.

You can send us your ‘I Thrive by..’ ideas in different formats

  • Videos
  • Photos
  • Writing

And you can share them on Twitter using #IThrive or by emailing me at Julie at

Please note: by sending us your contributions you are giving us consent to share them on Health in Mind and iThrive social media channels and our iThrive Edinburgh space.

What is iThrive Edinburgh? 

iThrive Edinburgh is an online space that contains information about mental health and wellbeing services, events, news and self-help materials for Edinburgh citizens. It launches 9 October 2020 and will replace Edspace.

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