MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY: Group Therapy and Twitter Spaces Conversation

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY: Group Therapy and Twitter Spaces Conversation

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Mental health disorders represent a growing public health challenge worldwide. mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. the burden of mental health disorders, such as depression and other common mental disorders, alcohol-use/substance-use disorders, and psychoses, increased by. Overall, mental health disorders are key contributors of the global burden of disease, including death and disability Several factors have been associated with mental health, including gender, marital status, education, partner control/abuse the patterning of the HIV epidemic within key populations highlights disproportionate burden by mental disorders in these populations. The mental wellbeing of LGBTIQ is closely associated with biological predispositions and psychosocial factors related to them sexual and gender identities and socio-economic status.

World Mental Health Day is a chance to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things and get help if you are struggling. This year theme “Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority’.

During the world Mental health day, 10th October 2022, Pema Kenya will mark world mental health day through sessions of group therapy for LGBTIQ persons and thereafter a twitter space.

HISTORY OF WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

In 1992, the World Federation of Mental Health led by the deputy secretary-general at the time, Richard Hunter, created World Mental Health Day. They didn’t have a precise objective other than to advocate for mental health as a whole. To say the least, it was an uphill climb to change a plethora of bad and dangerous habits that were making a difficult situation worse for people.

The world had a host of mental health issues that weren’t properly being treated. There were struggles to gain public funding for treatment in France, inhumane treatment in New Zealand, and an overall ignorance in regards to what mental health actually is. The WFMH knew that they needed to act on a global scale to solve a global crisis.

For the first three years, there was a two-hour telecast broadcast across the globe through the U.S. information agency satellite. The studio was located in Tallahassee, Florida and it became a useful way to get their message of advocacy out to the world. They had participation from Chile, England, Australia, and Zambia, while Geneva, Atlanta, and Mexico City pre-taped segments for the broadcast.

The first World Mental Health Day theme was  ‘Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services throughout the World’ in 1994. 27 countries sent feedback reports after the campaign and there were national campaigns in Australia and England. Continuing this momentum, WFMH board members across the globe arranged events in accordance with the day and its growing popularity among government departments, organizations, and civilians alike.

Starting in 1995 and continuing on, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) arranged the translation of the planning kit material into Spanish, French, Russian, Hindi, Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic. As the years passed, more countries got involved and, consequently, so did civilians as the perception of mental health became more synonymous with human rights.

The themes for World Mental Health Day expanded along with the times. Women, children, health, work, trauma, suicide, and so much more became a part of the conversation, and today, the average citizen is more knowledgeable in regards to mental health.

HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

  1. Do group therapy in the workplace

Organize for a group therapy workshop at your place of work. This can allow you and your coworkers to express themselves in a safe environment. We tend to hold onto the idea that pushing through and carrying on is the best way, but issues can arise unexpectedly if they aren’t properly dealt with.

  • Practice self-care

There are many changes you can make to your life that can continue beyond World Mental Health Day. Developing a regular sleep routine, adjusting your diet to healthier options, taking lunch breaks, and going on long walks are just some of the options. The point of self-care is to understand your specific needs. Find time to ask yourself what you want and go for it.

  • Follow the theme

Each year, there’s a new theme and even if it doesn’t directly involve your struggles, you can still learn from it. Spend some time and research the subject. Awareness extends beyond yourself and it could provide you with the proper tools to better understand others.

FIVE SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

  1. Unholy spirit

It’s believed in certain cultures that mental health problems are caused by spirit possession.

  • Global numbers

Globally, one in four people will need mental health care in their lives.

  • National numbers

More than 1.9 million Kenyans battle with mental health. (1 in every 10 people)

  • Youth depression

Depression among youth has risen from 5.9% to 8.2% since 2012.

  • Limitations

Most Kenyans lack access to proper healthcare treatment.

WHY WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY IS IMPORTANT

Identify the problem

The idea of the mind is an abstract concept and this day allows us to think about our thoughts. We’re evolving beyond outdated perceptions and releasing the stigma of mental health so that we can properly diagnose it and take care of ourselves. With the burden and fear removed from mental health issues, the battle becomes considerably easier.

Share your pain

This day reminds you that whatever you’re going through, you’re not alone. Too often we think that we’re the only ones facing a hard time. It’s uplifting to know that other people have gone through it and made it out to the other end. It reminds you that you can overcome your own pain.

Proper treatment

As our understanding of mental health grows, so does our ability to seek proper treatment. With the right therapist and necessary medication, you can operate on a more efficient level. The more accepting we are and the more funding that’s put into research and mental healthcare, the greater the global impact.

GOAL OF THE CONVERSATION.

To provide an opportunity to re-kindle our efforts to protect and improve mental health of Gender and sexual minorities.

OBJECTIVES OF CONVERSATION

1.  To raise awareness of mental health issues, increase education on the topic and attempt to eliminate the stigma attached to LGBTQ

2. To equip members with skills to correctly identify and refer to a person with mental health problems.

3. To stive in reducing stigma and creating a person-first approach are central tenets of Mental Health First Aid.

METHODOLOGY OF DELIVERY

The campaign will be hosted both physical group therapy at the Pema Kenya office and virtually through twitter communications platform. The tweeter space will comprise of  a Peer counsellor, a Psychosocial counsellor and one GSM member. The moderator will be the Health Promotion officer.

RESPONSIBLE PERSON

Nekesa WANDERA, Health promotion officer.

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