Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mental Health Awareness


I've just been looking on the internet and am feeling a bit confused about when and where Mental Health Awareness month is? It looks to me that it is different from America, World, Britain and Australia. So here's me wanting to support it somehow yet I'm getting different messages from different places....No wonder I'm muddled.

In America it says it's month is May and it started way back in 1949 over there. On the Mental Health America website they have got quite a bit on their nation wide campaign. Here's the link below:
http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/may

Another site which I presume is Australian say that Beyond Blue’s Anxiety and Depression Awareness Month happens in October which is five months away. So Australia seems to be different from the rest of the world... Here is the link I've found:
http://blog.thepastoralcompany.com/?p=864

Then I've found another site as well which seems to be really informative yet overloaded with a lot on a different day... or week...or a month. I basically tells you all the observances that are happening in May this year in a lot of different countries around the world. Here is this link:
http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/may.html

Yet I must say that in my small amount of travels on the web doing some research that I didn't find much on Autism, Asperger's and ASD awareness which was sad to see. It seems to me that there are a lot of different causes, illnesses, ailments etc... that are trying to get the public's attention also in different countries. So I wouldn't be surprised if people were wearing different types of hats or ribbons on any particular day around the world.

It also brings home the fact that it is rather good to have different times to help spread the word on all these different issues. Because one day we might end up needing help from a different foundation or something.... None of us ever really does know what's around the corner in life so it is great people are trying to raise awareness on nearly everything....

All of us are really lucky for living in more of an aware world from about a hundred years ago. Also how all the medical technology has caught up to and do such wonders with the magnificent human body. So I should count myself blessed for living in such an amazing age....something for you to think about...

4 comments:

  1. You may not have found much on autism because Autism, Aspergers, ASD is not strictly a mental health issue, though people with ASD's may develop mental illness. Autism is a neurological condition, and Autism awareness day/month is in April. :) If you look specifically for autism awareness I think you will be surprised how much there is out there now. All the best to you.

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  2. Thankyou for your point. I wasn't meaning that ASD's and Asperger's were mental health issues.
    I know that people can get depression.
    Also that the Awareness month/day is in April which is excellent.
    I know that there is a lot out there on the net...I was mainly looking for mental health issues.
    Again thankyou for your input!! All the best to you also....
    :)

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  3. Hi Megan, Donna Williams, Asperger woman from United Kingdom was happy when I wrote her to said we don´t see Asperger people like mental ill. Asperger are differents,but not defficients. Many psychiatrist saw they like mad and use drugs to treat them. Lilia Negron, M.D. Venezuela

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  4. Australian Mental Health Week in October (this year Oct 10-16). World Mental Health Day every year on October 10 - that's set by the UN.

    US sorta dominates the internet, which is why you hear so much about *their* Mental Health Month in May. Big Mental Health Month campaign on Twitter, amongst other places.

    Pretty common for different countries to have different awareness weeks/months for the same issue - horribly confusing, tho. Autism awareness day/month is one of the very few there seems to be some international agreement on!

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