Every year on October 10, we observe World Mental Health Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness around the importance of mental wellness. It is a moment to reflect on our respective roles – individual and collective – in helping those with mental illness amongst us to overcome it. This year’s celebrations are being held as the world continues to grapple with the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, which rattled the world population in many ways, including exacerbating the state of mental health. In Rwanda for instance, cases of depression reported at the country’s biggest psychiatric hospital increased four-fold over the past year. Much as no study has been able to clinically ascertain that these are linked to the pandemic, most indicators point to this. Despite the fact that the biggest number of cases reported are young adults aged between 20-39 – also the most productive age group – speaks to the urgency with which this needs to be treated. Covid-19 came with a lot of movement restrictions among other measures, which led to isolation by many, increasing the incidence of depression. Another reason that has been pointed out as a likely cause for depression is the growing addiction to social media especially for the younger generation. It is important to note however, that much as the incidence rate of depression increased exponentially, it is just one of the five leading mental health illnesses most prevalent in Rwanda. Others include schizophrenia, which accounts for the biggest number of mental health cases received at the hospital, epilepsy, Acute and Transient Psychotic Disorders and bipolar disorders. As we celebrate this day therefore, it is important that we deepen the value and commitment we attach to mental health as individuals, communities and governments and match that value with more commitment, engagement and investment by all stakeholders, across all sectors. It is equally important that we desist from social ills such as stigma and discrimination towards people with mental illness, which continue to be a barrier to social inclusion and access to the right care. Like has been emphasized by the World Health Organisation, we must envision a world in which mental health is valued, promoted and protected; where everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy mental health and to exercise their human rights; and where everyone can access the mental health care they need.