Academic journal article South African Journal of Psychiatry

World Mental Health Day 2009

Academic journal article South African Journal of Psychiatry

World Mental Health Day 2009

Article excerpt

The campaign for the 2009 World Mental Health Day, which takes place on 10 October, will focus on 'Mental health in primary care: Enhancing treatment and promoting mental health'.

This year's theme will address the continuing need to make mental health issues a global priority, and will stress the all too often neglected fact that mental health is an integral element of every individual's overall health and well-being.

The campaign theme is intended to draw worldwide attention to the growing body of information and knowledge focusing on the integration of mental health in primary health care, and to provide this information to grassroots patient/consumer, family member/caregiver, and advocacy and educational mental health associations around the world. This is a significant trend in shifting mental health diagnosis, treatment and care from the traditional separate mental health services delivery system into mainstream health care.

World Mental Health Day 2009 will highlight the opportunities and the challenges that integrating mental health services into the primary health care delivery system will present to people living with mental disorders and poor mental health, to their families and caregivers as well as to health care professionals. …

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