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10 October | World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

“Mental health is a universal human right”

Good mental health is integral to our overall health and well-being. Yet one in eight people globally (with an increasing number of young persons) is living with mental health conditions, which can impact their physical health, their comfort, how they connect with others, and their livelihoods.

Today, October 10th, marks the World Mental Health Day, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) this year highlighting that “Mental health is a universal human right”, thus raising awareness of an issue that concerns us all. All over the world, people with mental health conditions continue to experience discrimination and a wide range of human rights violations, while many cannot even access the mental health care they require.

In this context, KMOP-Social Action and Innovation Centre prioritises the implementation of actions and innovative practices promoting the mental health and psychosocial empowerment of individuals, especially the most vulnerable social groups. To this end, KMOP has developed 3 e-books addressing professionals in the field of mental health, young people, as well as anyone interested in issues related to better work-life balance; in dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on young people with developing or existing psychological difficulties; and in the management of gaming disorder.

3 e-books to promote mental health

Balance: A Guide to a Better Work-Life Balance

The Balance Guide addresses employees and HR executives, so that they can better manage work-life balance in the post-pandemic era.

The guide includes practical tips and activities, delves into key theories, explores working life challenges, provides information on mental health, and other useful tools for dealing with burnout.

Arty: Awareness toolkit to address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on young people with developing or existing psychological difficulties

The “Awareness Toolkit” provides professionals working in civil society organisations, youth organizations and mental health settings with guidelines and tools to help young people deal with hidden pressures and stressors, promoting their mental health through artistic creation and exploration.

It includes an analysis of the social, cognitive and emotional impact of the pandemic and the social challenges faced by young people. At the same time, practitioners can find here creative awareness tools and guidelines, mental health recommendations and policy suggestions.

Mindset: A Handbook for Coping with “Youth Gaming Disorder”

The Mindset Handbook, available in English, is specifically designed for young people and is an easy-to-use guide where they can find valuable information and resources to holistically understand gaming disorder, its symptoms and consequences.

At the same time, the manual includes tips and practices for young people to develop healthy gaming habits and achieve balance with other activities.

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