Join Us: 5th Annual Mental Health Day Blog Party!Next Saturday, October 10th, we’re celebrating World Mental Health Day. If you’re a blogger (on any topic), we’d like you to join us for our 5th annual blog party.

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, as well as what the world’s governments and health organizations are doing in mental health prevention, promotion and treatment services. This year’s theme is “dignity in mental health,” but you’re welcomed to blog on any topic in mental health you’d like.

This year, we’re inviting you to join us for our 5th annual blog party on Saturday, October 10.

Mental health is important to all of us, and dignity in mental health is especially important. All too often, people with mental disorders are discriminated against or suffer from prejudice and stigma. We need your help to spread the message that a person with a mental disorder deserves the same rights and dignity as anyone else.

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day (October 10th) is “Dignity in mental health.” What can be done to ensure that people with mental health conditions can continue to live with dignity? Some of the ways that the World Health Organization believes it can be be done is “through human rights oriented policy and law, training of health professionals, respect for informed consent to treatment, inclusion in decision-making processes, and public information campaigns.”

So how do you join in on the party?

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:

 
You can also let us know by using the hashtag #wmhd15 (or just #wmhd).

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!