Mental Health Awareness Week at Carter Road, Mumbai was hosted in a public park without barriers to any citizen who happened to be on that stretch of Mumbai over those two days. Mental health conferences and events are mostly attended by mental health professionals, and occasionally by caregivers – indirectly affected by mental health problems of their loved ones. At the MHAW event a subset of people, who might never have considered mental health even as a concept, were made aware.
My talk on Mental Health and Academic Performance in Children highlighted the mental health problems that impact the future livelihood of these children through adverse career outcomes. Teachers and students were concerned with the modalities of dealing with ADHD, learning disorders, cannabis use, and other disorders of children and adolescents.
Educating the public about mental health and mental illness in children is a key concern. Mental Health Awareness Week is a major opportunity for promoting child and adolescent mental health and for mitigating the risk factors of mental illness.
Mental Health Awareness Week is held in the first full week of October every year since 1990. It coincides with World Mental Health Day on 10th October. The stigma of mental illness is a major barrier to seeking treatment.Stigma is of three types:
Challenging mental illness stigma is essential for helping individuals to attain recovery. Mental Health Awareness Week programs seek to erase public stigma and label avoidance through education, and contact.