The Carter Center Mental Health Program in Liberia in collaboration with the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will today join other countries around the world to celebrate World Mental Health Day.
World Mental Health day is observed on October 10 every year with the objective of raising awareness on mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of Mental Health
This year’s Mental Health Day will be celebrated under the theme “Living with Schizophrenia” highlights changes in current thinking about the illness.
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage their emotions and make sound and independent decisions.
Twenty-six million people are currently living with Schizophrenia in the world and 1% of Liberia’s Population statistics have shown.
Research has linked Schizophrenia to Changes in brain chemistry and structure, and many people have considered it as chronic and a progressive illness.
The Carter Center Mental Health Program and partners have planned series of Radio Talk-show which will highlight the importance of the day
The day was set aside in 1992 by the World Federation of Mental Health to increase awareness, to educate, and advocate for those who suffer with mental health issues.
In observance of the Day, the World Federation of Mental Health has made several recommendations to world’s governments aimed at improving mental health in the world.
Key amongst the recommendation is: For Governments, donors, multilateral agencies and other mental health organizations as well as professional bodies and consumers groups to do everything possible to support people struggling with the symptoms of schizophrenia and their families, especially since the symptoms of schizophrenia has been recognized by the UN as a ”fundamental human right .”