Wednesday, October 10, 2007

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day has been celebrated annually on the 10th of October since1992.

This year's campaign is: Mental health in a changing world: The impact of culture and diversity.

Culture can influence many aspects of mental health - including how individuals from a given culture communicate and manifest symptoms, coping style, the kind of family and community supports - and their willingness or reluctance in seeking treatment.

The goal of World Mental Health Day is to address stigma and to show that mental illness is neurobiological - not a scarlett letter with which to be ashamed or a weakness of someone's character. And this year's theme highlights the importance of culture and diversity among us all.

Here are a some worldwide links to check out:

Asia Pacific Region
New Zealand
Russia, Ukraine & Belarus
South Africa
South America
South East Europe
Western Pacific Region
United Kingdom
United States