World Mental Health Day Intro

World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in many countries. On this day, each October, thousands of supporters observe an annual awareness program to bring attention to Mental Illness and its major effects on people’s lives worldwide. In some countries this day is part of an awareness week, such as Mental Illness Awareness Week in the US and Mental Health Week in Australia.

This years's theme ‘Dignity in Mental Health-Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All’ will enable us to contribute to the goal of taking mental health out of the shadows so that people in general feel more confident in tackling the stigma, isolation and discrimination that continues to plague people with mental health conditions, their families and carers.


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World Mental Health Day - Monday 10th October 2016 Dignity in Mental Health: Psychological and Mental Health First Aid for All

The 2016 World Mental Health Day is close to many people’s hearts because psychological and mental health first aid is a theme that every citizen of the world can embrace. It provides a global opportunity and platform to increase community awareness of mental health issues and the recognition of early signs of a mental health problem so that we can act early. As we all know nobody is immune because mental distress can affect any one of us.

Stigma and discrimination continue to affect many people who experience mental health issues and there continues to be poor investment in mental health which results in poorer health outcomes. There is a gap between mental health needs and what is actually provided and we must continue to work with the WHO to address this because it is not right.

At least one in four adults experience mental health difficulties at any one time, and those that support them are also touched by the problem so highlighting mental health on one day a year in October is not enough. We know that somewhere in the world today a person dies every 40 seconds as a result of suicide, a preventable condition. Many people with depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and epilepsy are getting little or no help and alcohol and substance misuse remains a major problem.
About 10% of the world’s population is affected by a diagnosable mental disorder and 20% of children and adolescents suffer from some form of diagnosable mental disorder.

It is estimated that mental disorder accounts for 30% of the non-fatal disease burden worldwide so the continued lack of investment in mental health is a short-sighted approach because, in the long run, nations and society pay more. This is why global events such as World Mental Health Day are very important for every single one of us because they provide an opportunity for us to come together as a global family to advocate for mental health and provide the evidence that enables government to do the right thing.

October 10th is World Mental Health Day (everywhere)

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World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. The first WMHD was in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. On this day each October – thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to Mental Illness and its major effects on peoples’ life worldwide.In some countries this day is part of the larger Mental Illness Awareness Week. There is an great need to provide more information on mental wellness.

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World Mental Health day 2016 - Nigeria

We, the Association of Psychiatric Nurses of Nigeria (APNON ), a specialist group under the National association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives Borno state chapter, have observed the WMHD by providing psychological first aid to the internally displaced persons in Maiduguri the Borno state capital we have also provided the IDPs with some relief materials and emergency drugs and we hope to do more.


Dag Rekve, Senior Technical Officer, Management of Substance Abuse, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization and Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro, President World Federation for Mental Health at the Geneva Conference London Eye light up purple on World Mental Health Day.
Photo by Wouter van der Zouwen

World Mental Health Week 2016 - Tiruvalla, India

The World Mental Health Week Celebrations were held at the LRC Hall, Dept of Psychiatry PIMS on Oct 18, 2016 at Tiruvalla, India. The programme was organised in collaboration with  the World Association of Social Psychiatry.

WMH Day Theme: "Psychological First Aid"

Rev Fr Mathew Punakulam (Administrator, Pushpagiri) was the Chief Guest and inaugurated the meeting. President- Elect, WASP Roy Abraham Kallivayalil presided. Dr Prasad Cheeramattom (SWC Member, IMA), Dr G Sukumaran (Professor of Medicine), Dr Vikram Gowda (Vice-Principal), Dr Fazal Mohammed (Associate Professor of Psychiatry) and Dr Sr Liza spoke on the occasion. 

 World Mental Health Week Awards were presented to Carers and Families.

The meeting discussed various aspects of 'psychological first aid' and the importance of equipping community gate keepers including teachers, social workers, religious leaders, police and administrators about its basic tenets. This was followed by a 'Mental Health Exhibition'.

 Photo Caption: Rev Fr Mathew Punakulam (Administrator, Pushpagiri) delivers the inaugural address during WMH Week celebrations at Tiruvalla, India. Dr Fazal Mohammed, Dr Prasad Cheermattom, Prof Roy Kallivayalil and Prof G Sukumaran are also seen. 


Int'l Youth Mental Rehabilitation Centre

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The “Jai Vakeel Foundation”, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India,

celebrate World Mental Health Day every year  by organising a seminar or a workshop based on the theme proposed by the World Federation of Mental Health, for the parents of persons with Intellectual Disability and for the professional working in the field of Mental Health.

Please find attached a file of the summary report of our this year's celebration of World Mental Health Day.

Warm Regards,

Amita Shah
Clinical Psychologist,
Jai Vakeel Foundation,
Mumbai, Maharashtra
India

World Mental Health Day

“Dignity in Mental Health - Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All”

A half day workshop was conducted on the occasion of World Mental Health Day on 13th October, 2016 at the premises of Jai Vakeel Foundation.The session began with a brief introduction of the theme “Dignity in Mental Health - Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All”

REV. FR. JOHN DAMIAN ADIZIE, ocd

World Mental Health Day

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID: October 10th is a day set aside by World Health Organization to mark the World Mental Health Day. It is a special day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health. The World Federation for Mental Health has declared “Psychological First Aid” as the theme for 2016 World Mental Health Day. In this article we shall examine some of the symptoms and forms of mental health problem. In addition to Psychological First Aid we shall highlight other forms of first aid such as Physical first aid and essentially Spiritual first aid.

Mental Disorder, also known as mental illness refers to sickness of one’s mind or psyche. Mental illness affects one’s mood, one’s thinking and one’s behavior. A mentally disordered person is someone with a sick mind. When the human mind is unhealthy, one is likely to suffer depression, melancholy, anxiety disorder, and schizophrenia and addictive behaviors. The Kin Foundation declares that “Mental Disorder are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans or about one in four adults suffer from diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.

Pakistan Association For Mental Health

October, 15 - 16th, 2016
Theme: Dignity in Mental Health:
Psychological and Mental Health First Aid for All
Venue: Jinnah Medical and Dental College
Dr. Zaki Hassan Hall, Shaheed-e-millat Road, Karachi

Day 1

Saturday 15th October 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Stress, Distress and Behaviour Change (Mental Health)
 
5:00 – 5:30
Welcome Tea  
5:30 – 5:45 Introduction: The Hidden Stressors Prof. S. Haroon Ahmed
5:45 – 6:30 Todays Stressors and Mental Health Mr. Amar Jaleel
6:30 – 7:00 Concluding Remarks and Discussion Mr. Ghazi Salauddin

Day 2

   

Sunday 10:30 Am – 2:30 PM
October 16th 2016
Jinnah Medical and Dental College

10:30 – 11:00 Welcome / Tea  
11:00 – 11:20 Introduction of Programme Dr. Uzma Ambareen
11:20 – 11:40 Sindh Mental Health Act 2013:
History, current status and way forward
Dr. Rubeena Kidwai
11:40 – 12:00 Issues of Implementation of Mental Health Law Prof. Raza Ur Rehman
12:00 – 12:20 Sensitization / Introduction of SMHA 2013 to lawyers, physician and psychiatrist - a plan Prof. Iqbal Afridi
12:20 – 12:40
Drink Break  
12:40 – 1:00 Dignity in Mental Health Prof. Unaiza Niaz
1:00 – 1:20 Psychological and Mental Health First Aid Dr. Saadia Qureshy
1:20 - 2:00 Panel Discussion Co-ordinator Dr. Naim Siddiqi
2:00 Announcement and Vote of Thanks Dr. Saima Qureshi
Program

 

World Mental Health Week - Mumbai, India

J R Hospital Mumbai, India,  also celebrated the mental health week from 4.10.2016. to 10.10.2016.

Dr J P Rawat
Chief and HOD psychiatry
J R Hospital
Mumbai Central 400008

Mental Health Week-2016
Department of Psychiatry
Jagjivanram Western Railways Hospital Mumbai

Mental Health Week 2016

One in four adults will experience mental health difficulties at one time or the other but many will receive little or no help when they present in an emergency. This is the reason; the theme for World Mental Health Day 2016 is ‘Psychological and Mental Health First Aid.’

Each year, the staff in the Department of Psychiatry at Jagjivanram Western Railways hospital, Mumbai Central, celebrates the World Federation for Mental Health’s theme of the year. To help make dignity in mental health a reality, together we can ensure that mental health problems are better understood, and importantly, are absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.

The Department of Psychiatry organized the mental health week from 4th October 2016 to 10th October 2016 for increasing awareness in the general public regarding mental disorders and for the promotion of positive mental health.


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