Date: 10 October 2007
Place: Celebrated globally
World Federation for Mental Health
World Mental Health Day was observed for the first time on 10 October 1992. It was started as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health by the then Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter. The day is officially commemorated every year on October 10th.
At the beginning the Day had no specific theme. Its aims were general ones of promoting mental health advocacy and educating the public on relevant issues. In the first three years one of the central activities to mark the Day was a two-hour telecast broadcast globally through the US information agency satellite system from studios in Talahassee, Florida. WFMH Board members participated from the studio, with live telephone participation from Australia, Chile, England and Zambia and pre-taped segments from Geneva, Atlanta and Mexico City. In the first such telecast we realized that we were indeed reaching far afield, because there was an unanticipated and unscheduled telephone call-in from Swaziland, where a group of WFMH members had gathered to view to the program. And that year the very first of many feed-back reports came from Peru.
In 1994, at the suggestion of then Secretary General Eugene Brody, a theme for the Day was used for the first time. It was "Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services Throughout the World." Feedback reports were received from 27 countries soon after that campaign, with notable national campaigns in Australia and in England. In many countries WFMH Board members were instrumental in arranging events. Within three years, the Day had become a valuable occasion for interested government departments, organizations and committed individuals to arrange programs to focus on aspects of mental health care.
In 1995 a broad range of international events was reported to the WFMH Secretariat from around the world, ranging from a month-long series of events in Egypt, to a conference held by the French Federation for Mental Health at the Ministry of Health, to a community celebration in the tiny Micronesian Islands in the Pacific. In the United Kingdom, where there was a large national program, we also noted the poignant event at the site of the old London mental hospital which gave us the word "bedlam," where many volunteers, school children and young people with learning difficulties planted spring bulbs. In 1995 we took particular note of the help offered by the Pan American Health Organization. PAHO arranged for the translation of the planning kit material into Spanish, and made 300 copies of the Spanish version available for distribution to its contacts in South America. Inspired by PAHO's initiative, the Federation later arranged for the translation and printing of the planning kit in French and Spanish, and this year for the first time it was made available in Arabic through the interest of the Social Development Office in Kuwait. Since that time, the Federation has chosen a theme to be promoted in its planning kit each year. The themes we have used are:
1996 Women and Mental Health
1997 Children and Mental Health
1998 Mental Health and Human Rights
1999 Mental Health and Ageing
2000-2001 Mental Health and Work
2002 The Effects of Trauma and Violence on Children & Adolescents
2003 Emotional and Behavioural Disorders of Children & Adolescents
2004 The Relationship Between Physical & Mental Health: co-occurring disorders
2005 Mental and Physical Health Across the Life Span
2006 Building Awareness - Reducing Risk: Mental Illness & Suicide
“Mental Health in a Changing World: The Impact of Culture and Diversity”
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2007
World Federation for Mental Health
We would like to stress that this isn't simply a one day event. The preparations go on for months beforehand and this is truly a long-term educational effort. In some countries the program stretches over several days, or a week, or even in some cases a month. And in some places preparations for the following year start almost as soon as the current year's event is over. Reports come to us from around the world at varying rates throughout the entire year following the 10 October events.
We are well aware of the large national campaigns that take place in countries ranging from Norway to Australia and New Zealand. But we particularly like the smaller activities that take place in many countries and show a special commitment. We like the support in the tiny Pacific island of Palau, where the government prints a mental health day message on government pay stubs for that week. We are also amazed to learn about World Mental Health Day banners in Kathmandu than about the posters in London. We are surprised when the first report after 10 October arrives from Benin in West Africa. Who would expect to find a small but varied program of activities in Turkmenistan? And least likely of all - we were impressed to learn that a committed mental health nurse called Michael Kamau organizes a whole week of activities and educational events in the huge Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya. It is the small events as well as the large campaigns that give World Mental Health Day its global reach.
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