World Mental Health Day 2017

World Mental Health Day is takes place on 10th October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

World Mental Health Day Background:

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in many countries. On this day, each October, thousands of supporters observe an annual awareness programme to bring attention to Mental Illness and its major effects on people’s lives worldwide. In some countries this day is part of an awareness week, such as Mental Illness Awareness Week in the US and Mental Health Week in Australia.

This Year’s Theme:

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is “psychological first aid”. Efforts in support of the day will focus on basic psychological support by people who find themselves in a helping role whether they be health staff, teachers, firemen, community workers.

Despite its name, psychological first aid covers both psychological and social support. Just like general health care never consists of physical first aid alone, similarly no mental health care system should consist of psychological first aid alone. Indeed, the investment in psychological first aid is part of a longer-term effort to ensure that anyone in distress due to a crisis is able to receive basic support, and that those who need more than psychological first aid will receive additional advanced support from health, mental health and social services.

This year Allied Admissions in an effort to promote positive mental health, we are working with our partner HealthCo.  We will be holding two seminars to help our employees to deal with the stresses of life and to bounce back from adversity. It will help our employees to:

  • Identify stressors – causes and symptoms
  • Foster optimism and a positive outlook
  • Build strength and resilience to deal with stress
  • Take away simple relaxation techniques they can incorporate into their daily lives.

Let us know what you are doing for World Mental Health Day 2016. Get Involved in the conversation on all social media platforms by using the #Glitch

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