World Mental Health Day – 10th October

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Dr Steve Smith, a member of the Fit for the Future Steering Group who leads the Mental Wellbeing Theme, and lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, has written a few words about the upcoming Mental Health Day:

World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is this Saturday, October 10th. Almost 25% of the world’s population live with some form of mental health problem – that’s over 1.8 billion people! For many years people with mental health problems have been stigmatised and ostracised from society, little wonder that many people have felt vulnerable and afraid to speak about their issues.

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, organised by the World Federation for Mental Health to coincide with World Mental Health Day, is ‘Dignity in Mental Health’ supported by giving: giving your time, giving your words, giving your presence. A number of social sites, including #MHAW15 and #IAmStigmaFree, are supporting people to share information and their experience of mental health issues. The Scottish See Me campaign emphasises that “really listening can help end mental health discrimination” and urges people to take action to change lives. The New Zealand website MHAW (mental health awareness week) is urging people to carry out a random act of kindness and let them know how it makes you feel. Perhaps something the RGU community might do too this Saturday! Let us know (or comment below) what you do this Saturday, and how it made you feel.

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