Depression will be ranked second to heart disease as a leading disability, in Northern Ireland by 2020!
The World Health Organisation has designated Wednesday 10 October 2012 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 2012 World Mental Health Day is “Depression : a global crisis”
Depression is one of the leading causes of disability across the world. The World Mental Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that depression will rank second only to heart disease by 2020 in terms of global disability. It is a common, serious and complex illness that affects an estimated 121 million people worldwide.
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 2012.
Ken Brundle, Chair 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.
Mental ill health affects individuals across social, economic, religious and political divides.
Famous people such as Darren Edie, a former Norwich City footballer has battled with depression and plans to set up clinics in Norfolk to help players to cope with mental ill health. Ruby Wax recently highlighted in her new documentary ‘Mad Confessions’ how she had suffered issues of secrecy and feelings of shame when she battled with her own mental illness.
World Mental Health Day promotes more open discussion on mental illness and the need for investment in prevention and treatment services.
Praxis Care now offers a dedicated counselling service which uses cognitive behaviour therapy for the treatment of depression”
Edwin Poots, Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety:
‘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 effectively, 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 and 121 million with depression. 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, “Depression: A Global Crisis”, 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.
Mental ill health does not recognise social or economic backgrounds and it comes in many forms. Four Members of Parliament, Charles Walker, ex defence Minister Kevan Jones, Sarah Wollaston(former GP) and Andrea Leadsom all openly discussed their mental health problems during a mental health debate that took place in the House of Commons in London on 14th June 2012.
Not forgetting Tony Blair’s former Director of Communications, Alastair Campbell, who also suffered a mental health breakdown in 1986 and in 2008 released a novel called in “All in the Mind”. The book draws on Alastair’s own experiences of depression and mental illness.
I welcome the initiative taken by Praxis Care to highlight the issue of mental health today and launching their new counselling service.
I would call upon you to support Praxis Care in any way you can”
If you want to know more about the work of Praxis Care and the new counselling service visit www.praxiscare.org.uk or call 028 90 234 555
Notes to Editors
To organise an interview with service users or to request further information on the work of Praxis Care, contact Geraldine Andrews– 028 90727198.
Mental Health Facts:
According to the Centre for Mental Health, only a quarter of people with mental health conditions—children as well as adults—receive any treatment.
Praxis Care is a Northern Irish charity empowering adults and children with mental ill health, learning disability, or acquired brain injury to enjoy everyday living, irrespective f the complexity of their needs.
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 80 separate locations.
Events / activities that Praxis Care is running to mark the day are:
- Launch event in the Long Gallery, Castle Buildings Stormont Estate Monday 24th September;
- New Praxis Care Counselling Service;
- Distribution of 10,000 Book marks with 10 “Positive steps to Mental Health”;
- Service user competition on the theme World Mental Health Day;
- Praxis Care Sponsored Read It!- encouraging schools in Ireland, UK and the Isle of Man to read books whilst raising funds for Praxis Care;
- Belfast Street Collection- Friday 5th October 2012;
- Praxis Care will host coffee mornings at each of its projects in Northern Ireland, England, the Isle of Man and Ireland;and
- Praxis Care Conference in Dundalk on 10th October.
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