World Mental Health Day 2016 Planning Meeting

Wednesday 18th May, 10am-12noon

Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind Community Hall, 90-92 Lothian Road, Middlesbrough TS4 2QX

Aim: To plan activities for World Mental Health Day 2016

If you or your organisation has an interest in:

  • Raising awareness of mental health
  • Challenging mental health stigma and discrimination in Middlesbrough
  • Social inclusion for people with mental health conditions
  • Encouraging people to take care of their mental wellbeing

Please come along and get involved whether you have personal experience or because you care – together we can make Middlesbrough a better place for people with experience of mental ill health.

Take a look below at the information about this year’s World Mental Health Foundation theme for the day.

Agenda:

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Theme: Dignity in Mental Health: Psychological and Mental Health First Aid for All
  3. Venues and activities (official date Monday 10th October)
  4. Sign up to involvement
  5. Date and time of next meeting

Please contact Catherine Haigh to confirm your attendance: email voicesforchoices@outlook.com

 

World Mental Health Day Theme

The World Mental Health Foundation theme for the day this year is psychological and mental health first aid for all. Many people who suffer from psychological and mental distress, personal crises and mental disorders can benefit from receiving psychological and mental health first aid from professionals and the general public.

One in four adults will experience mental health difficulties at one time or the other but many will receive little or no help when they present in an emergency. In contrast the majority of people with physical health difficulties who present in an emergency in a public or hospital setting will be offered physical health first aid.

Since the introduction of Basic Life Support (BLS) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) without equipment in the 1960’s many people have benefitted from the intervention of a passer-by, and lives have been saved.

Mental health crises and distress are viewed differently because of ignorance, poor knowledge, stigma and discrimination. This cannot continue to be allowed to happen, especially as we know that there can be no health without mental health. Psychological and mental health first aid should available to all, and not just a few. This is the reason why the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has chosen psychological and mental health first as its theme for World Mental Health Day 2016.

We know that psychological and mental health first aid is understood differently by different people in the mental health professions and the general public.

WFMH wants to develop a shared understanding of basic psychological and mental health first aid that will be understood worldwide by the general public, professionals, governments and non-governmental institutions (NGO’s).

Our aim is that every member of the general public can:

  •  Learn how to provide basic psychological and mental health first aid so that they can provide support to distressed individuals in the same way as they do in physical health crises
  • Address the stigma associated with mental ill-health so that dignity is promoted and respected
  • Empower people to take action to promote mental health
  • Spread understanding of the equal importance of mental and physical health and their integration in care and treatment
  • To work with individuals and institutions to develop best practice in psychological and mental health first aid
  • To provide culturally sensitive learning materials to increase the skills of the general public in administering psychological and mental health first aid.
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