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Mental Health

  • By Dr Shashikala Manjunatha
  • Editorial
  • June2016 - Volume 2 Issue 2

Mental health problems are an extremely important issue worldwide (aggregate point prevalence of 10% for adults and 18 to 20 per 1000 person in India) due to their impact on the human rights and quality of life of those affected and their families.

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10th October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The day provides an 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.

World Mental Health Day is an annual event which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues across the globe and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

2016 Theme: What is Psychological First Aid: Supporting People following Crisis Events

When terrible things happen, we want to reach out a helping hands to those who have been affected. Psychological first aid is a humane, supportive and practical response to people suffering exposure to serious stressors and who may need support. It is an approach to help people recover by responding to their basic needs and showing them concern and care, in a way that respects their wishes, culture, dignity, and capabilities.

What does Psychological First Aid involve?
* Giving nonintrusive, practical care, and support;
* Assessing people’s needs and concerns;
* Helping people address basic needs (food and water);
* Listening, but not pressuring, people to talk;
* Comforting people and helping them to feel calm;
* Helping people connect to information, services, and social support;
* Protecting people from further harm.

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