The idea behind having an annual global day for mental health is to increase public awareness about the importance of mental health, to improve attitudes towards those struggling with mental health issues and to facilitate the care, treatment and recovery of people with mental disorders.
With the arrival of the global pandemic and the issues that this has brought to the fore, the theme chosen for 2020 is 'Mental Health For All'. Dr Ingrid Daniels, President for World Federation for Mental Health explains:
The world is experiencing the unprecedented impact of the current global health emergency due to COVID-19 that has also impacted on the mental health of millions of people. We know that the levels of anxiety, fear, isolation, social distancing and restrictions, uncertainty and emotional distress experienced have become widespread as the world struggles to bring the virus under control and to find solutions.
We have decided to get involved in World Mental Health Day by sharing some of our Stories from the Front line, written by some of our professional team outlining the kind of issues they faced during the lockdown period.
Sometimes parents need some support in saying or doing the right things for their children. Here one of our school workers talks of how important it is for parents to have a support system to help and encourage them when things go wrong.
One of our professional team shares what it felt like at the start of lockdown when she was faced with a growing caseload and a new way of working. Here we learn about the types of issues faced by families at this difficult time.
During the lockdown period, we called upon our community to get involved in various challenges and initiatives to help us re-coup some of our fundraising shortfall. Donna, a member of our professional team tells us why she took up the 2.6 challenge.