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10 Oct 2017 is World Mental Health Day

As we are a special school for children with social, emotional and mental health issues - looking after our pupils' emotional and mental health is central to what we do, and the education we provide.

It's why we are celebrating World Mental Health Day with our own focus of raising awareness and removing the stigma around Mental Health, and will be marking the day with different themes and activities.

Don't forget in our Parents section, you can find lots of helpful links and information about how you can find out more about mental health, and the services who can support.

World Mental Health Day was observed for the first time on 10 October 1992. It was started as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health by the then Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter. The day is officially commemorated every year on October 10th. 

The aim of the day is to promote mental health and educate the public on relevant issues. Since 1996, the day has chosen a theme to be promoted.

The themes the WFMH have promoted are:

  • 1996   Women and Mental Health
  • 1997   Children and Mental Health
  • 1998   Mental Health and Human Rights
  • 1999   Mental Health and Ageing
  • 2000-2001    Mental Health and Work
  • 2002   The Effects of Trauma and Violence on Children & Adolescents
  • 2003   Emotional and Behavioural Disorders of Children & Adolescents
  • 2004   The Relationship Between Physical & Mental Health: co-occurring disorders
  • 2005   Mental and Physical Health Across the Life Span
  • 2006   Building Awareness - Reducing Risk: Mental Illness & Suicide
  • 2007   Mental Health in A Changing World: The Impact of Culture and Diversity
  • 2008   Making Mental Health a Global Priority: Scaling up Services through Citizen Advocacy and Action
  • 2009   Mental Health in Primary Care: Enhancing Treatment and Promoting Mental Health
  • 2010   Mental Health and Chronic Physical Illnesses
  • 2011   The Great Push:  Investing in Mental Health
  • 2012   Depression: A Global Crisis
  • 2013   Mental Health and Older Adults
  • 2014   Living with Schizophrenia
  • 2015   Dignity in Mental Health
  • 2016   Psychological and Mental Health First Aid

For 2017, the theme is Mental Health in the Work Place

People all over the world will be holding events, and celebrating this important issue that can affect so many of us, and the people we know and love.

If you want to find out more about World Mental Health Day, you can go to the WFMH website 


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