LAHORE - Like other parts of the globe, World Mental Health Day was observed across the country including Lahore on Friday to raise awareness of mental illnesses and to support efforts for their treatments.

Psychiatry, the branch of medicine which deals with mental illness, hasn’t developed much in Pakistan; the treatment and support for people suffering from mental health issues are almost non-existent.

WMHD is commemorated globally on October 10 under different themes. Seminars, workshops, camps and walks were arranged to mark the day.

In Lahore, speakers at a workshop stressed the need for improving financial and Zakat distribution system, paying proper attention to children for better mental health. They said that huge population was going through mental distress due to economic and social problems.

Dr Altaf Qadir, Dr Saad Bashir Malik, Dr Sameer Qamar and known psychiatrics participated in the workshop at a local club.

They said that parents were not giving proper time to children these days which was causing problems for the coming generation. They said that anxiety, depression and mood disorder were common among youth due to one reason or the other.