World Mental Health Day is promoted by the World Health Organization to help raise awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and what the world’s governments and health organizations are doing in prevention, promotion and treatment services. This year’s theme is living with schizophrenia, but you’re welcomed to blog on any topic in mental health you’d like.
This year, we’re inviting you to join us and the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program for the 4th annual blog party next Friday, October 10.
Mental health is important to all of us, and we need your help to spread that message!
So how do you join in on the party?
The Carter Center has worked for decades in bringing together the leadership in mental health to tackle the challenges in our mental health care system. “Mental illness affects all of us, but there are still many myths and misconceptions about these disorders,” said former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who founded the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program in 1991.
Participation in the blog party is easy. All you need do is commit to publishing a blog entry on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, about a mental health issue that’s close to your heart. It may be on the topic of access to treatment, resources or support within your local community. It may be on an individual’s personal struggle with a mental health concern. It may be about the prejudice a person faced when discussing the issue with a family member or co-worker.
Our goal is to flood the Internet with voices that can help bring mental health to discussions and readers that might not often hear about these issues.
Blog entries work best if they are relatively short (generally under 800 words, but even shorter is fine) and with a clear message or take-away. If you need help crafting your post, we’ll be happy to help.
Even if you don’t currently blog or your organization doesn’t have a blog, not to worry! We will happily publish your entry on Psych Central (just contact us at the below email address ahead of time).
Once you’ve posted your blog entry, simply let us know on Oct. 10: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or simply tweet about your blog entry with the hashtag: #wmhd14
We’ll be posting links to everyone’s entries throughout the day on our World Mental Health Day blog: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mental-health-day/
Please consider joining us this year on World Mental Health Day to help increase awareness and reduce the stigma of mental health diagnosis, access to services, treatment, and support. We believe your contribution would add a valuable and important voice to the campaign.
Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to your participation in this event!