'World Mental Health’ - Awareness Seminar

Posted by | Dec 03, 2019 |

This year, the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has decided to make “suicide prevention” the main theme of World Mental Health Day. Suicidal behavior has existed throughout human history, but due to several complex factors, it has increased gradually in all parts of the world and, in the past few decades, has reached alarming statistical levels. According to the WHO, more than 800,000 people die by suicide a year, making it the principal cause of death among people fifteen to twenty-nine years old. The objective of making suicide prevention the theme of World Mental Health Day in 2019 is to attract the attention of governments so that the issue might be given priority in public health agendas around the world.

Getting people to talk about a subject that tends to be taboo and about which many hold mistaken and prejudiced ideas will help the community to learn about the risk factors so that they can identify and learn to address them.

On World Mental Health Day (10th October), an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma, Inner Wheel District 342 joined hands with the Institute of Psychiatry Benazir Bhutto Hospital Rawalpindi to raise awareness on Mental Health about the issues. Participants in the round table conference on World Mental Health Day theme of 2019 "Suicide Prevention" discussed ways to raise awareness and advocacy against this social stigma.

 

Rukhsana Adnan – District Editor