World Mental Health Day 2014
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10th of October every year; with the purpose of raising awareness about issues related to mental health and mental illnesses and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. This is an excellent opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
The theme for 2014 is “Living with schizophrenia”. Hence the focus of the World Health Organization will be living a healthy life even with schizophrenia.
The West Bengal branch of Indian Psychiatric Society is holding an interactive panel discussion with family members of persons with Schizophrenia (and some patients themselves), on 10.10.14 evening, from about 6 pm, at the Auditorium of IMA House, Biresh Guha Street, Kolkata - 700017. The panel will include psychiatrists, as well other mental health professionals, like psychologists, psychiatric social workers and psychiatric nurses. We would like to invite you also to attend this programme, and help spread awareness about mental illnesses. You may also ask caregivers of your patients to come over if they are interested.
WMH day celebrations involves discussions between mental health professionals, patients and caregivers of persons with mental illnesses, descriptions of whatever these individuals are doing, about the huge amount of gap that exists between the reality of .
The World Health Organisation defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity”
Firstly it emphasises that mental health is an inseparable part of a person’s holistic well-being, together with physical and social health. This latter point of the indivisibility of body and mind is ancient; mens sana in corpore sano” (healthy mind in a healthy body)
The theme for 2014 is “Living with schizophrenia”. The focus of the World Health Organization will be living a healthy life with schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia affects around 26 million people across the world and is the focus of World Mental Health Day this year.
Despite being a treatable disorder, more than 50% of people with schizophrenia cannot access adequate treatment, and 90% of people with untreated schizophrenia live in the developing world.
On 10 October we celebrate the most important day in the mental health calendar and shine the spotlight on "living" with schizophrenia. From those who face every day of their lives with it, to their families, friends, doctors and even society as a whole, we all have a part to play in raising awareness of schizophrenic illness.
We want to ensure that people with schizophrenia get the best possible care and support to manage their illness and to help them recover.
What is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia affects how a person thinks, feels, and acts but it's actually a word that describes a number of symptoms that psychiatry has labelled a disorder. Not everyone with schizophrenia has the same symptoms and the definition of the disorder is wide, including a number of combinations of different things.
Schizophrenia may make it hard for people to judge reality and key features of early psychosis include:
- Sleep disturbance
- Appetite disturbance
- Marked unusual behavior
- Feelings that are flat or seem inconsistent to others
- Speech that is difficult to follow
- Marked preoccupation with unusual ideas
- Ideas of reference – thinking unrelated things have a special meaning, ie people on television talking to you
- Persistent feelings of unreality
- Changes in the way things appear, sound or smell.
Schizophrenia can occur in anyone but it's a treatable disorder. Long term medication may be necessary for some people but talking therapies and self-help groups can also be effective.
How can you celebrate World Mental Health Day?
- Read the World Federation for Mental Health's Living with Schizophrenia report or find our more about our own policy on schizophrenia and what we want to change
- Learn more about schizophrenia and find out about delusions, paranoia, hearing voices, psychosis and hallucinations
- Raise awareness of schizophrenia and support mental health by holding a Tea & Talk, our very World Mental Health Day fundraising activity
- Download our 2011 briefing Cognitive Functioning In Adults And Young People With Schizophrenia from 2011, which looked at two projects aimed to increase understanding of the causes of cognitive difficulty and evaluated ways of improving cognitive performance
- Read some stories about live with schizophrenia from Barry, Natalie, Albert and David.