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World Mental Health Day 2018 will focus on young people and mental health in a changing world.
Imagine growing up in our world today. Constantly battling the effects of human rights violations, wars and violence in the home, schools and businesses. Young people are spending most of their day on the internet – experiencing cyber crimes, cyber bullying, and playing violent video games. Suicide and substance abuse numbers have been steadily rising and LGBTQ youth are feeling alone and persecuted for being true to themselves. Young adults are at the age when serious mental illnesses can occur and yet they are taught little to nothing about mental health.
How do we expect our young people to grow up strong, resilient and able to break the cycles of abuse, violence, substance use, and internet overload? What happens when a young person experiences trauma – over and over? Where are the services? Where is the information and awareness about mental wellbeing?
The World Federation for Mental Health will be focusing the 2018 WMHDAY campaign on Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. We want to bring attention to the issues our youth and young adults are facing in our world today and begin the conversation around what they need in order to grow up healthy, happy and resilient.
Lets all use this year to emphasize the needs of our young people. Its time to take a stand and demand more for this vulnerable population – our future depends on it! #worldmentalhealthday,
There is no health without mental health
The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) is the only international multidisciplinary, grassroots advocacy and education organization concerned with all aspects of mental health. It was founded in 1948 to advance, among all people and nations, the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, the proper treatment and care of those with such disorders, and the promotion of mental health. WFMH has been an NGO in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1963 and we are in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and in formal association with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).
In 2017 the theme was mental health in the work place. Read about WMHD 2017.
World Mental Health Day was observed for the first time on 10 October 1992. It was started as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health by the then Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter. The day is officially commemorated every year on October 10th.
At the beginning, the Day had no specific theme. Its aims were general ones of promoting mental health advocacy and educating the public on relevant issues.
Many years later we have managed to translate the material into Spanish, French, Hindi, Russian, Japanese and Chinese and Arabic.
List of themes
Since the early days, the Federation has chosen a theme to be promoted in its planning kit each year. The themes we have used are:
1996 Women and Mental Health
1997 Children and Mental Health
1998 Mental Health and Human Rights
1999 Mental Health and Ageing
2000-2001 Mental Health and Work
2002 The Effects of Trauma and Violence on Children & Adolescents
2003 Emotional and Behavioural Disorders of Children & Adolescents
2004 The Relationship Between Physical & Mental Health: co-occurring disorders
2005 Mental and Physical Health Across the Life Span
2006 Building Awareness – Reducing Risk: Mental Illness & Suicide
2007 Mental Health in A Changing World: The Impact of Culture and Diversity
2008 Making Mental Health a Global Priority: Scaling up Services through Citizen Advocacy and Action
2009 Mental Health in Primary Care: Enhancing Treatment and Promoting Mental Health
2010 Mental Health and Chronic Physical Illnesses
2011 The Great Push: Investing in Mental Health
2012 Depression: A Global Crisis
2013 Mental Health and Older Adults
2014 Living with Schizophrenia
2015 Dignity in Mental Health
2016 Psychological and Mental Health First Aid
2017 Mental Health in the Workplace
Not a one day event
We would like to stress that WMHDAY isn’t simply a one day event. The preparations go on for months beforehand and this is truly a long-term educational effort. In some countries the program stretches over several days, or a week, or even in some cases the whole month. And in some places preparations for the following year start almost as soon as the current year’s event is over. Reports come to us from around the world at varying rates throughout the entire year following the 10 October events.
This project has evolved over the years to practically run on its own – people all over the world are holding events, making announcements and celebrating WMHDAY. They see the importance of public awareness and we know that our success over the last 20 years has mainly been because of the dedication and hard work of our WMHDAY constituents. The WFMH created this program 20 years ago to help promote mental health and create awareness about the issues associated with mental illness – we opened the door and thousands of people from all over the world have run through and out into the streets to forever declare October 10 as WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY.