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World Mental Health Day 2016

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.

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day, observed on 10 October, covers “psychological first aid”. Efforts in support of the day will focus on basic pragmatic psychological support by people who find themselves in a helping role whether they be health staff, teachers, firemen, community workers, or police officers.

Despite its name, psychological first aid covers both psychological and social support. Just like general health care never consists of physical first aid alone, similarly no mental health care system should consist of psychological first aid alone. Indeed, the investment in psychological first aid is part of a longer-term effort to ensure that anyone in acute distress due to a crisis is able to receive basic support, and that those who need more than psychological first aid will receive additional advanced support from health, mental health and social services.

Source: http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/en/

Future events of interest:

Medically Unexplained Symptoms/Somatic Symptom Disorder
Friday 21 October 2016 
De Vere West One
London

Smoking Cessation in Mental Health
Friday 21 October 2016 
De Vere West One
London

Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services
Friday 11 November 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

Masterclass: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Tuesday 22 November 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

The Mental Capacity Act Masterclass
Tuesday 6 December 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

Improving Mental Health Crisis Care: Maintaining Momentum
Tuesday 6 December 2016 
Manchester Conference Centre
Manchester

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Hospitals: Improving Safeguarding Practice & Outcomes
Wednesday 7 December 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

Masterclass: Using Psycho-Social Interventions to Help People with SMI Quit Smoking
Monday 16 January 2017 
De Vere West One
London

Eating Disorders Summit: Rapid Early Intervention & Developing a Gold Standard Service
Monday 16 January 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre
London

Safeguarding Children & Young Adults: Level 3 Mandatory Safeguarding Training in Accordance with the Intercollegiate Guidelines
Monday 16 January 2017 
De Vere, West One
London

Dual Diagnosis: Implementing the NEW NICE Guidance
Monday 23 January 2017 
De Vere, West One
London

Masterclass: Meeting the Psychological needs of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking & Refugee Young People
Monday 23 January 2017 
De Vere, West One
London

Self Neglect and Adult Safeguarding
Friday 27 January 2017 
De Vere West One
London

Transforming Mental Health Services for Children & Young Adults
Monday 30 January 2017 
De Vere West One
London

Reducing Restrictive Practice & Interventions
Friday 3 February 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre
London

Masterclass: Individual Management Reviews for Domestic Homicide Reviews & the use of Root Cause Analysis
Tuesday 7 February 2017 
Doubletree, Hilton London, West End
London

Investigation of Deaths in Mental Health & Learning Disabilities Services
Friday 10 February 2017 
De Vere West One
London

Towards Zero Suicide: Preventing Suicide, Saving Lives
Thursday 23 February 2017 
The Studio
Birmingham

Psychological Therapies in the NHS
Wednesday 15 March 2017 — Thursday 16 March 
Millenium Conference Centre
London

 


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