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The World Mental Health Day, celebrated annually on 10 October, is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and to mobilise efforts to support the mental health of all age groups. Mental health problems affect physical health, emotional and social well-being, and overall quality of life. Supporting mental health is an essential part of the healthy ageing process.

The successive crises of recent years have put a strain on mental health in Europe and around the world. A trend exacerbated by stigma and discrimination as a barrier to social inclusion and access to appropriate care. With the ageing of our societies, the most common mental health problems in older age, such as anxiety, depression, loneliness or sleep disorders, need more than ever to be treated as a public health priority.

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