World Mental Health Day 2013

Today is World Mental Health Day. Here’s a snip from the WHO:

Every year on 10th of October, The World Health Organization joins in celebrating the World Mental Health Day. The day is celebrated at the initiative of the World Federation of Mental Health and WHO supports this initiative through raising awareness on mental health issues using its strong relationships with the Ministries of health and civil society organizations across the globe. WHO also develops technical and communication material and provides technical assistance to the countries for advocacy campaigns around the World Mental Health Day.

The theme of World Mental Health Day in 2013 is “Mental health and older adults”.

Here in Wales, the day is being marked by (amongst other things) the organisation Hafal bringing its latest campaign, Lights! Camera! ACTION!, to the Senedd in Cardiff. From Hafal’s website I see that this event will be attended by the Welsh Government Minister for Health and Social Services, Professor Mark Drakeford. I hope this all goes well, as I’m sure it will. Last month’s revelation that Asda, Tesco and Amazon were selling ‘mental patient fancy dress costumes’ reminds us (as if it were needed) of the progress still to be made to improve public understanding of mental health issues and to tackle stigma and discrimination.

For a general overview of mental health priorities and challenges around the world, here’s a five minute video produced by the World Health Organization:

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