October 10, 2012

World Mental Health Day 2012

Since today is World Mental Health Day, I wanna share some information which may be useful for you. (jarang-jarang kan gue posting seriusan :D )

World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services. This year the theme for the day is “Depression: A Global Crisis” [1]

And what is deppression?

Depression is a common mental disorder, characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness, and poor concentration.
Depression can be long-lasting or recurrent, substantially impairing an individual’s ability to function at work or school or cope with daily life. At its most severe, depression can lead to suicide. When mild, people can be treated without medicines but when depression is moderate or severe they may need medication and professional talking treatments.
Depression is a disorder that can be reliably diagnosed and treated by non-specialists as part of primary health care. Specialist care is needed for a small proportion of individuals with complicated depression or those who do not respond to first-line treatments.[2]

10 Facts on Mental Health:

1. About half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14.
2. Depression is characterized by sustained sadness and loss of interest along with psychological, behavioural and physical symptoms.
3. On average about 800 000 people commit suicide every year, 86% of them in low- and middle-income countries.
4. War and other major disaster have a large impact on the mental health and psychosocial well-being.
5. Mental disorders are among the risk factors for communicable and non-communicable diseases.
6. Stigma about mental disorders and discrimination against patients and families prevent people from seeking mental health care.
7. Human rights violations of psychiatric patients are routinely reported in most countries.
8. There is huge inequity in the distribution of skilled human resources for mental health across the world.
9. In order to increase the availability of mental health services, there are five key barriers that need to be overcome...
10. Governments, donors and groups representing mental health workers, patients and their families need to work together to increase mental health services.
*above list are just summary, please check [3] for details.

Find below link for article marks World Mental Health Day 2012; Geneva - 9 October 2012

[1] http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/annual/world_mental_health_day/en/index.html
[2] http://www.who.int/mental_health/management/depression/en/index.html
[3] http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/mental_health/mental_health_facts/en/index.html

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