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Praxis Care World Mental Health Day 2011

In Northern Ireland – one in four people will be affected by poor mental health this year!

The World Health Organisation has designated Monday 10 October 2011 as World Mental Health Day.

World Mental Health Day is a global day set aside in recognition of the seriousness of the consequences of mental ill-health. There are many different types of mental illness including anxiety, neurosis, depression, psychosis, bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. This year’s initiative is aimed at highlighting the need to invest in quality mental health services. The theme for 2011 World Mental Health day is “The Great Push – investing in mental health”

A recent survey produced by the Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing showed that in any one year, around one in four people will show symptoms related to one or more mental ill-health conditions.

Praxis Care, one of the UK’s larger charities and a major provider of mental health services is hosting a series of events to support and promote World Mental Health Day 2011.

Special information leaflets will be handed out with tips for looking after your mental wellbeing.

Nevin Ringland, Chief Executive of Praxis Care:

‘I would urge our local politicians and community leaders to take positive steps to promote good mental health and ensure mental ill-health is treated on a par with physical illness.’

Edwin Poots, The Health Minister :

‘Mental health can be defined as a state of well-being enabling individuals to realise their abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution to their communities.

For too long mental health has been hidden behind a wall of stigma and even discrimination. In the past many people would not talk about it or share their feelings. In many respects it was and still is a hidden disease.

The World Health Organisation estimates that around 450 million people worldwide have a mental health problem. Unfortunately, in most parts of the world, mental health and mental disorders are not accorded anywhere near the same degree of importance as physical health. Rather, they have been largely ignored or neglected even though poor mental health is known to be associated with physical ailments.”

Acknowledging the theme of this year’s World Mental Health day, “The Great Push – investing in mental health”, the Minister discussed who should invest;

‘The responsibility of investment falls to all of us. Individuals, groups, charities, businesses and governments should be looking to see what can be done to improve our mental health and well being. More needs to be done to invest in quality mental health services.

We should be able to provide much more support, better services and treatment to those people suffering from mental disorders than they receive at present: services that are more effective and more humane; treatments that help them avoid chronic disability and premature death; and support that gives them a life that is healthier and richer – a life lived with dignity’

If you want to know more about the work of Praxis Care, visit www.praxiscare.org.uk


Notes to Editors

To organise an interview with volunteers or service users or to request further information on the work of Praxis Care, contact Paul Collins Assistant Director of Fundraising & Communications – mobile 079 187 20554

Mental Health Facts:

  • A recent survey produced by the Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing showed that in any one year, around one in four people will show symptoms related to one or more mental ill-health conditions.
  • Some very famous people including Winston Churchill, Paul Merton, Spike Milligan and Ronnie O’Sullivan have all had some form of mental health issues.
  • At present 450 million people world wide have a mental illness.

Praxis Care is a charity providing care for vulnerable children and adults affected by mental ill health, learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries and/or dementia. Services are provided across Northern Ireland, England, the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Praxis Care provides a range of accommodation and support services for nearly 1,500 people in 68 separate locations.

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