What can clinicians do to mark World Mental Health Day?

What can clinicians do to mark World Mental Health Day?


On the 10th of October, it’s important for
us all to celebrate World Mental Health Day, for the purpose of maintaining communication,
and maintaining an awareness concerning psychiatric treatments to the general public. It’s a time for us to renew commitments. To enhancing access, to our physician colleagues,
as well as the general public. So, I think we should all celebrate World
Mental Health Day. Particularly this year, the theme is suicide. And this is a major and growing global health
issue. According to the World Health Organization,
more than 800,000 people die from suicide every year. And the rate of suicide is increasing in some
countries at an alarming rate. And although the greatest risk group of completed
suicide is in older men between the ages of 45 and 65, it is a leading cause of death
among 15 to 29-year olds. And what we plan to do is encourage our membership
to speak to their government officials. Speak to their government officials from the
point of view of enhancing resources available for the timely access to mental healthcare
treatments. It’s important for us in the scientific
community to discover treatments; it’s important for clinicians to be aware of these treatments. We also need our government officials to be
aligned with us to make sure these treatments are supported by society. And it’s my plan, and I think all colleagues
in the mental healthcare space should be advocating with their patients, with government, to try, in a
timely way, make these treatment resources available. That’s what I plan to do.

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