World Mental Health Day
Date posted: October 9, 2015
World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10th every year to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world. This year’s theme is Dignity in Mental Health, with a focus on what can be done to ensure that people with mental health conditions can 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.
Want to learn about mental health? Two very good, made in BC starting places for finding resources are:
Here to Help – This website contains practical as well as background information on mental health and substance use, including self-help resources, personal stories and directions for getting help. There is information for individuals, family members and professionals including school and campus staff. Literacy practitioners may recognize this project’s Plainer Language series. This website is a project of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions, a coalition of seven leading mental health and addictions non-profit agencies.
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre – This website is a source of information for children, youth and families. It, too, has resources for parents and caregivers, health professionals, school professionals, and youth and young adults. One of the newest resources created by the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre is Stresslr, a stress management resource for children ages 9-11.