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.
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.
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 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.