Saturday, October 07, 2006

World Mental Health Day ~ October 10th

World Mental Health Day was first observed on October 10, 1992. It was started as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health by the then Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter and is offficially commemorated every year on October 10th.

This year's theme is "Building Awareness - Reducing Risks: Mental Illness and Suicide"

For worldwide links to mental health resources click here


Anonymous said...

Happy Mental Health Day to a wonderful advocate of Mental Health. Dr D., it is people like you who continue to reduce stigma and promote education.
and a special
Happy BDAD, Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day, to those who increased awareness this past Thursday.

(Just representing for the BP's :)

Dr. A said...

Thanks for the heads-up and for the links!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info!

I think its so important that we stay informed about things like this. People that seem "normal" could be walking around with a mental disorder and not even know it. And those around them may be ignorant to the symptoms or what have you.

Thanks for keeping us educated!

marie said...

Dr. Deb,I was diagnosed with Bi-Polar about a year ago. I am mad and glad at the same time for mental health awareness week.

Mad because this is done to educate the masses who STILL live in fear of the mentally ill. Glad because this is trying to erase the stigma associated with mental illness.

Dawn said...

i had no idea that there is a diferent theme every year-very cool.

thanks for the info :D

Moof said...

Great info and links, Dr. Serani! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the links! This is so important!!!

kath said...


I think I should take the day off to celebrate..
or better yet..
it should be recognized and become a paid holiday!


Playground in my Mind said...

World Mental Health Day...I did not know that. I wish that the stigmas surrounding mental health would end. Then we could REALLY save lives. Your sister in suicide survival...Renee

Heidi said...

Thanx for the link..Lots of great info on the Canadian side.

I'll be going for a free screening this week while attending a seminar/lecture.

sjobs said...

Hopefully this day can help people understand that mental illness is no different then cancer or some other physical illness.

Today, I still encounter people who cannot understand my dad's illness. He is Bi-polar, or they cannot understand being on meds for depression.

Thank you for bring this to my attention.


Belizegial said...

Dr. Deb,

I happen to work with the Ministry of Health in Belize. As part of our mental health activities, we aim to achieve the best Mental Health Status for all by providing services to prevent and/or to reduce the incidence of Mental Illness.

The acute unit serves the needs of persons with acute mental disorder, enhance their quality of life and create a network that guarantee the delivery of care within the community.

The priority areas are: Promotion of Mental Health, Prevention of Mental Disorder and treatment of individuals.

Joining in at this time to wish everyone a happy Mental Health Day worldwide.


Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Dear Mom,
You do a lot as well. Kudos to you too!

Dear Dr. A.
Always a good thing to get the Awareness Days out there. THey can help others find answers.

Dear Urban,
I think we need to be informed and educated. There's power in knowledge.

Dear Marie,
I share your thoughts as well.

Dear Dawn,
I guess they organizations try to focus on different themes. This way, everything can get highlighted.

Dear Moof,
Right back at'cha

Dear Tiesha,
I think so too.

Dear Kathy,
I think Awarness Days are good because they highlight certain issues. But really, every day should be an awareness day, right?

Dear Renee,

Dear Heidi,
Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Dear MAry @ Sjobs,
So many still misunderstand illnesses of ALL kinds. Let's hope that soon more compassion will emerge.

Dear Enid,
Wow, working at the Ministry of Health must be exicitng and interesting!!!


Anonymous said...

Tom Cruise's favorite Holiday! ----> just being a smart-aleck

In all seriousness, our awareness of the unity between the mind and body is just beginning to blossom. We are a whole. One half can not have heath without the other.

To that end, yours is a noble and worthy profession.

Cheer Deb!! (toasting with Lime-Aid)

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Dear Godwhacker,

You are so fabulous and funny! I am still lol!


HeiressChild said...

thanks, we need more awareness on this subject. i have a brother and a couple of friends who are bi-polar and on meds for it.

Anonymous said...

If only mental illness was given the same acknowledgement as other illnesses. I have been part of the mental health system for years as a spouse and a parent...not to mention my own therapy. It breaks my heart that some (my ex for one) would rather deny their illnesses than get treatment that could help them so much...due to the stigma our society still attaches to mental health issues. Thanks for the heads up about Mental Health Day. As usual, you are always informative. : )

princessdominique said...

Great idea. I think things like that need awareness!

Anonymous said...

i am reminded of a little girl who to whom the learned psychiatrists had administered ECT to "cure" her depression.. I am remained of the clin psychologists who risked their careers to stop that madness, and thought me that there is greatness in this career.

Here’s to toast to the angels of mental health.

Playground in my Mind said...

OMG! God Wacker made me laugh, too. lol. You, Dr. Deb may use anything that you like from my post about the unacceptable status quo in schools. Thanks for caring so much. Renee

Meow said...

Great info and links, Deb ... much appreciated. I have a family member who is bi-polar, so have a vested interest !!
Hope you have a wonderful week.
Take care, Meow

Todd and in Charge said...

With all the recent school shootings, I wonder if we can spend more time on education and research, with an emphasis on prevention and identifying risk factors. That way someone can hopefully intervene earlier, before it is too late.

Nancy said...

Hi Dr Deb,
you are right who knew the empty nest would be so hard. I thought I had a good handle on things, I was even looking forward to it, so i thought.
Everyone is effected by mentle illness in one way or another!
I'm glad they have the awareness days, it has to make a difference eventually.

alan said...

Given the condition of our world, I think it needs more than a day at this point!

Or maybe it's just the leaders?


Donna said...

Great info, thank you Deb!

Wanda's Wings said...

Thank you again for keeping people aware. You are the greatest>

Michelle said...

Happy World Mental Health Day, Dr. Deb! Mental Illness is still one of those health issues that many turn a blind eye too. A lot of that is due to lack of education and fear. A great fiction book on the topic is 72 Hour Hold (and no I didn't write it! -- hee) It's a novel by Bebe Moore Campbell about a woman's struggle to help her daughter battle Bipolar disease. During their journey, they turn away from the traditional mental health system in favor of an 'underground railroad' sort of treatment system. Anyway, sorry for getting off track -- with a degree in psych and a dad that's a social worker, mental health wellness is a topic I'm very interested in! Glad to see the world is celebrating awareness...

Cathy said...

Thank you, Dr. Deb; I went to the web site and printed out a lot of the information. My family will find this very useful. Thank You.

healthpsych said...

Mental Health Day here too but I have to say, it just doesn't get the attention it deserves or other 'health' causes get. I thin the average person in the street wouldn't even know it was on.

Thanks for the links, Deborah!

mysti said...

Thanks for letting us know. :)

Heidi said...

Just thinking about you after hearing about the plane crashing into the apt building in NYC..Talk about PTSD..How scary is that! Hope your doing well.

zingtrial said...

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Wish you well

I am a Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

I started on Citalopram this week. My own gesture to My Own Personal Mental Health. I have been struggling and want you to know that I have found comfort and helps in your blog.


I am a Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

P.S. Screw Tom Cruise's ideas about antidepressants. :)