Why the National Survivor User Network Doesn’t Do ‘World Mental Health Day’


From the National Survivor User Network (NSUN): “World Mental Health Day is a global awareness campaign whose theme is set by the World Federation for Mental Health. This year’s theme is ‘mental health in an unequal world,’ a surprisingly political choice.

But NSUN members are more than aware of mental ill-health, distress or trauma: they live with it every day. NSUN members don’t need to be told that mental health is important. Nor do they need to be told it’s good to talk (it’s not, always); that there is always help available (false); that we are not alone (actually, we often are). In fact, it’s way past time to talk: it’s time to scream.

In the UK, anti-stigma awareness-raising campaigns such as Time to Change or Heads Together have done their job. More people seem aware that mental health is a thing, and a thing to be taken seriously. We’ve seen a real generational shift in how mental health is talked about in the UK, and that is partly down to these campaigns. Are there still some people who are not aware? Yes, of course. Maybe World Mental Health Day is for them, but somehow, I’m not so sure.”

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