World Mental Health Day – What is Psychological first aid? Check out this fascinating interview!

World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day


As many of you know today is World Mental Health Day.  The theme this year is psychological first aid.  Intrigued by this we thought it would be great to share with you a fascinating interview with Dr Mark van Ommeren, Public Mental Health Adviser, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization.  Well it’s more a press conference but you get our drift!

Psychological first aid is a practical approach that can be provided by first-line responders such as police and fire officers, health staff in emergency units and humanitarian aid workers following a short course of training.

The approach has been used with success in countries around the world, including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone during the recent Ebola epidemic. It is also being offered widely in Syria and for thousands of displaced persons in Greece and Nigeria.

Despite its name, psychological first aid covers both psychological and social support. Just like general health care never consists of physical first aid alone, similarly no mental health care system should consist of psychological first aid alone. Indeed, the investment in psychological first aid is part of a longer-term effort to ensure that anyone in acute distress due to a crisis is able to receive basic support, and that those who need more than psychological first aid will receive additional advanced support from health, mental health and social services.

To listen the interview click the link here.

World Mental Health Day 2015 – Dignity in mental health. Check out the Mental Health Atlas country profiles

World Mental Health Day - Dignity
World Mental Health Day – Dignity
Today as you may know is World Mental Health Day 2015 this year’s theme is “Dignity in mental health” You might be interested in our World Mental Health Day infographic which can be found here.

Thousands of people with mental health conditions around the world are deprived of their human rights. As well as being discriminated against, stigmatized and marginalized, they 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.

This year, the World Health Organisation will be raising awareness of what can be, and is being, 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.

To find out about the state of mental health provision in your country have a look at Mental Health Atlas-2014 country profiles.

World Mental Health Day 2015 – Mental Health Across the Lifespan #WMHD15 #IAmStigmaFree

As you may know Saturday October 10th is World Mental Health Day 2015.

We would like to share this fantastic infographic from the UK’s Mental Health Foundation which is a great way to help promote understanding and awareness of mental health throughout a person’s life.

It would be great if you could share on social media using the hashtags #WMHD15 and #IAmStigmaFree.

Thanks very much in advance.

World Mental Health Day 2015 - mental health across the lifespan
World Mental Health Day 2015 – mental health across the lifespan

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Awareness Week 2013 – submit for questions about OCD for WebTV show!

OCD Awareness Week
OCD Awareness Week

Log on to the  live web TV show on the first day of OCD Awareness Week to find out the symptoms of this mental illness, what it can lead to, what can be done to treat it and what the risks are of ignoring signs

Show date: Monday 14th October

Show time: 2pm

In recent years OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has been the subject of many TV documentaries, reality TV shows and even stand-up comedy routines. But how many of us could actually be suffering from some of the traits of the condition without even realising it?

Official estimates are that 1.2% of the population suffer from OCD, however new research released by Benenden Health and backed by charity OCD UK reveals the numbers could be much higher.

From obsessive checking of things like making sure appliances are turned off and doors are locked, to compulsive hand washing, hoarding and pervasive thoughts that if everything isn’t in order bad things will happen, OCD can come in many different forms.

But how serious is the condition, what can it lead to from a mental health perspective and how easy is it to treat?

Log on to Benenden Heath’s live Web TV show where Ashley Fulwood, Chief Executive of OCD UK and Dr Victoria Bream Oldfield, Clinical Psychologist (OCD Specialist) discuss OCD – from recognising the symptoms and traits of the condition, to treatment and the risks of ignoring the warning signs in both yourself and others.

World Mental Health Day 2013 – please like and share to help us raise awareness of mental health and the stigmas surrounding it.

World Mental Health Day 2013 is this year on the 10th of October.

We have produced an image that we hope will be useful in promoting awareness of mental health related issues.  It would be really great if you could share this with your friends and family to show your support.

For more information on activities surrounding the day please go to

For those in the US and other countries this will be of use

It you have any other links please share them in the comments box below.

World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day