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Thursday, 8 October 2015

World Mental Health Day 2015, October 10

Journée mondiale de la santé mentale, le 10 octobre.
World Mental Health Day, 10 October.
 Día Mundial de la Salud Mental, 10 de octubre.
 Всемирный день психического здоровья, 10 октября.
اليوم العالمي للصحة العقلية، 10 أكتوبر

Dignity in Mental health

Thème 2015: Dignité dans la santé mentale.
Theme 2015 : Dignity in Mental health.
 Tema de 2015: Dignidad de la salud mental.
 Тема 2015: Достоинство в области психического здоровья.
 موضوع عام 2015: الكرامة في الصحة العقلية.

This year the World Federation for Mental Health has chosen “Dignity in Mental Health” as the theme for World Mental  Health Day on 10 October.  “Dignity” is a word that has a number of meanings, none of them precise—but we all recognize  dignity when we see it, and more importantly, we recognize the lack of it when it’s absent. With this year’s theme we aim to show the ways in which dignity can be provided in all aspects of mental health, ranging  from care for our patients/consumers to the attitudes of the general public.  We hope you will support the theme with  activities in your own region that educate people about the importance of dignity in mental health. All too often people with mental disorders and their families find dignity absent in their dealings with health care provid - ers and with society at large.   They feel demeaned by the manner in which they are treated.  Health professionals don’t  have the time needed to address difficult problems.  Budget problems at the national level impact health and social care  budgets at the local level, making coordinated care difficult to achieve.   People with mental disorders frequently do not  get coordinated care for other illnesses that may be present, resulting in neglect of their overall health—and ultimately,  shortened lifespans. Having said the above I should also underline that a somewhat broader conception of dignity should include reciprocal  respect between providers and recipients of care. Synthesis and collaboration is certainly preferable to antithesis and con - frontation. We must all realize that the enemy is the illness, not the professionals. This year’s World Mental Health Day material looks at dignity in mental health from several directions.  In terms of mental  disorders, we think about dignity in treatment and care, and consumers of mental health services can provide valuable  insight about that.  Person-centered care is of major importance. We’ve included material about educating the public on mental and behavioral disorders to encourage a better understand - ing of these disorders. Approaching public education at an earlier point is an important part of this year’s material. Mental  health promotion is part of the foundation for spreading a message about dignity in mental health.  An appreciation that  good mental health is a valuable asset should encourage people to think about mental health more broadly and also think  about ways to support it and thus also serve prevention by reducing the risk of mental illness. For example, starting early  to teach young children and teenagers about social and emotional learning strategies lays a foundation for enlightened  future approaches. Incorporating dignity into an approach to mental health issues is fundamental to dealing with stigma and discrimination.   There is nothing dignified about subjecting people with any illness to stigma, adding to the problems they already cope  with through the illness itself.  We need to work harder towards changing social attitudes and spreading public awareness  of the nature of mental illness. As we seek to change outlooks, the importance of recovery is a central part of the message.  Dignity is inherent in recovery.  Care should encompass not just the present stage of the illness but the prospect that, over time, improvement can be  achieved and that recovery, both in its medical sense and in its broader psychosocial connotation is a realistic and certainly  dignified perspective. Prof. George
Christodoulou President, World Federation for Mental Health


Our theme for World Mental Health Day this year is “Dignity in Mental Health,” a topic that is fundamental to the provision  of good mental health care.  The World Federation selected the theme knowing that it is hard to define “dignity” precisely.   Yet respect for dignity represents an essential component of care and can produce major improvements in attitude to - wards people who are experiencing a multitude of problems.   The World Federation for Mental Health’s goal when it established World Mental Health Day in 1992 was public education  at all levels of society.    The Day, celebrated internationally on October 10, has more than fulfilled this aim.  It provides  an occasion for many regional and local efforts to put the spotlight on a selected aspect of mental health care--with the  added bonus of participating in a broadly celebrated international event.   “Dignity in Mental Health” provides the kind of topic that is relevant everywhere, and can be defined according to local cir - cumstances and needs. We have collected a group of papers from our expert authors who show that dignity in the mental  health context can have many meanings and can be applied to every aspect of care.  Further, a concern for dignity counters  the discrimination and bias that are all too often encountered by people with mental illness. Two of the articles in this year’s material point to the wider applications of a “dignity” viewpoint.  An article from Norway  about mental health promotion in schools shows the value of starting education about feelings and behavior at an early  age.  A paper about refugees in California suggests that the perspective of a refugee about mental health has many layers,  and recognizing the impact of a refugee’s desperate experiences may confer true dignity. As before, the campaign will encourage local organizers to use traditional media to expand local coverage through radio,  television, newspapers and magazines.  We have had a presence on social media for a while, but we hope to be more active  on Facebook and Twitter during the “dignity” campaign to extend its outreach to a new group of younger people. Many thanks for all your efforts to promote mental health awareness in your communities through World Mental Health  Day events.  Whether large or small, your events contribute to growing public awareness of mental disorders and the need  to provide appropriate support for those who experience them, and their families.

Dr. Patt Franciosi Chair, World Federation for Mental Health

WHO QualityRights Toolkit

Assessing and improving quality and human rights in mental health and social care facilities - WHO QualityRights

The WHO QualityRights tool kit provides countries with practical information and tools for assessing and improving quality and human rights standards in mental health and social care facilities. The Toolkit is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It provides practical guidance on:
° the human rights and quality standards that should be respected, protected and fulfilled in both inpatient and outpatient mental health and social care facilities;
° preparing for and conducting a comprehensive assessment of facilities; and
° reporting findings and making appropriate recommendations on the basis of the assessment.

The tool kit is designed for use in low-, middle- and high-income countries. It can be used by many different stakeholders, including dedicated assessment committees, nongovernmental organizations, national human rights institutions, national health or mental health commissions, health service accreditation bodies and national mechanisms established under international treaties to monitor implementation of human rights standards and others with an interest in promoting the rights of people with disabilities.
The WHO QualityRights tool kit is an essential resource, not only for putting an end to past neglect and abuses but also for ensuring highquality services in the future.

Thousands of people with mental health conditions around the world are deprived of their human rights. They are not only discriminated against, stigmatised and marginalised but are also subject to emotional and physical abuse in both mental health facilities and the community. Poor quality care due to a lack of qualified health professionals and dilapidated facilities leads to further violations.

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day, observed on 10 October, is "Dignity in mental health". This year, WHO will be raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health conditions can continue to live with dignity, through human rights oriented policy and law, training of health professionals, respect for informed consent to treatment, inclusion in decision-making processes, and public information campaigns.

FORUM : World Mental Health Day - October 10



WMHDay was observed for the first time on 10 October 1992 and continues to be the official day of commemoration every year. It was started as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health by the then Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter and It has become the largest and most widely promoted education and advocacy program of the WFMH.

Dignity un Mental health - World Federation of Mental Health


The Invitation for Medical Students to Participate in World Mental Health Day 2015 has been extended to October 5th.

The World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH) has been organizing World Mental Health Day events on 10th October since 1992 with special themes for each year. This year’s theme is Dignity in Mental Health.
The Association for Community Mental Health Promotion (ACMHP) from Turkey, in consultation with experts from leading international mental health organizations, has planned an event to support World Mental Health Day through its own “Campaign against stigmatization in mental disorders.”
Medical students around the world will – and may already – be working with individuals living with mental illness. We invite you to provide your own theme or slogan to accompany the WFMH and ACMHP in Turkey.

Prof Bulent Coskun
President of The Association for Community Mental Health Promotion
Prof George Christodoulou
President of WFMH
Prof Gabriel Ivbijaro
President Elect of WFMH

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