Friday, October 01, 2010

Mental Health Awareness Week


For the last 20 years, the first week in October has been designated as Mental Health Awareness Week. The campaign, which begins October 3rd and runs through the 9th, is focusing on the theme "Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives."

The truth is that negative stereotypes and improper understanding of mental illness keep many children and adults from getting the help they need.

If you or someone you love has a undiagnosed or untreated mental disorder, you can find local and national support in Australia , Canada and the USA

For me, every day is an awareness day. But I like how campaigns like this shine a light on mental health.




11 comments:

Harriet said...

Interesting timing for Mental Health Awareness Week! As a person with a Mental Illness I find the stigma against these disorders still prevailing, despite this being the 21st century, and even by those who claim to be trying to help us. I recently wrote about a seminar begin given by a psychologist on the topic of Suicide, and how judgmental and lacking in awareness this particular clinician is. You can read about it on my blog here: http://harrietmwelch.com/?p=1847 and my reply back to the psychologist in question here: http://harrietmwelch.com/?p=1851

Wanda's Wings said...

The more people know the more healing there can be. Thanks for sharing.

blogbehave said...

Interesting timing here, too. Had someone recently explain to me that mental illness cannot be "seen" the way a visible medical problem can be and as a result, doubts surface. The less visible, the more risk of others doubting the credibility. This can be a big problem for people suffering from mental disorders. The fear of being judged.

purple cupcakes said...

Its also the same in Austrlaia, over here its a campaign called
R U OK? Last year a good freind of ours called us to see if we wre ok. But for me calling someone to ask if they are ok seems bizarre when it is only once a year. For me if i know a mate isnt ok or i havent heard from them for while mental helath week or not ill call them. I think mental health week is a good start though.

And some good news for us deb we have bene offered a job. More details are on our blog.

purple cupcakes said...

hey deb i just did a blog that has more details or where il lbe working and what else ill be doing. thanks for the support and encouragement.

S'onnie said...

New Zealand has been running a series on Mental Health awareness for years using Kiwi heros and while there is still a long way to go seeing a rugby great on the tv talking about how he manages his depression has had a massive impact on some of the "harden up" attitudes that many kiwi's have

truenorth said...

OMG, Deb, I'm so glad I stopped by tonight. I was visiting with a friend today and her son is getting worse by the minute. He just turned 20 and the symptoms of his mental illness have become impossible for them to ignore. It is a sad thing all around. Peace.

Mom, Interrupted said...

Thank You Dr. Deb!
A great week to appreciate all your contribution's!

Also, ironically, a great week for me to return to writing Mercurial Mind.
I have missed reading your work.

TK Kerouac said...

certain professions have more depression than others

creative people rank fifth out of ten

5.Artists: As cliche as the stereotype might be, artists, entertainers and those in the creative fields have higher levels of depression than the general population. While there has been no definitive link between depression and creativity, those who choose to work in an artistic or entertainment field found it depressing, with 9.1% indicating a depressive episode over the past year.

Rose said...

Wow the month of October is for so many wonderful causes. Mental Health is truly important and much information is needed to help people.

Dr. Deb said...

I like highlighting these awareness days. It's truly amazing how many resources are available. I only wish the light can shine everyday on mental illness awareness!