World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 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. This years theme is “Living with schizophrenia” with a focus on living a healthy life with schizophrenia.*
While this year’s focus is schizophrenia, this day is a perfect day to be aware of other forms of mental health illness and to be part of the discussion to “stop the stigma”!
Having a loved one with any form of mental illness will no doubt affect your life, cause you to have moments of uncertainty about going out in public together and/or feelings of embarrassment, but take the time to become more educated on whatever form of illness your love done is afflicted with.
Learn how to be as best of a caregiver and care manager you can be or what facilities and doctors you’ll need if you choose the latter path. Learn what new and/or best treatments are out there, ask questions, research and most importantly be a voice!
Be a voice for the illness, for the cause or charity supporting the illness or just be a voice for the person you love. Being vocal gets the ball rolling to “stop the stigma”.
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