World Mental Health Day 2009

Today is World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme is ‘Mental Health in Primary Care’.

I think the idea is to think about integrating mental health care with physical health care and needs and to think about some of the marginalising attitudes which exist specifically in relation to mental health services and trying to bring them more into the mainstream.

Mad World has a good run-down on different events taking place today (in the UK at any rate) but I couldn’t let the day pass without a mention.

So here’s to healthy mental health and if not health, then as much understanding of it and those who suffer from mental ill-health as is possible.

And meanwhile, away from some of the worthiness, an interesting article at the Huffington Post about stigma and awareness and how useful these campaigns might be.  Certainly made me think and then think some more, I’m not sure I wholeheartedly agree with all the points made but it’s definitely a point to consider.

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