On 7 April 2023 ̶ World Health Day ̶ the World Health Organization will observe its 75th anniversary In 1948, countries of the world came together and founded WHO to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable – so everyone, everywhere can attain the highest level of health and well-being.
WHO’s 75th anniversary year is an opportunity to look back at public health successes that have improved quality of life during the last seven decades. It is also an opportunity to motivate action to tackle the health challenges of today ̶ and tomorrow.
World Health Day is celebrated every April 7th with an aim to raise awareness about global health issues and promote healthy living practices. Mental health is a crucial component of overall well-being, and it is important to acknowledge and address the challenges faced by those who struggle with mental health issues. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an initiative that seeks to equip people with the skills and knowledge to identify and assist others experiencing mental health challenges.
Safer Communities offers a range of MHFA training programs that provides participants with the confidence, tools and resources needed to recognise the signs of mental health issues, provide initial support, and refer individuals to professional help when necessary. These programs are essential for individuals who interact with others on a regular basis, such as teachers, healthcare professionals, and community leaders, and aims to create a network of individuals who can provide effective mental health support. MHFA Training is universal, and is useful for any interested adult.
The importance of effective MHFA training cannot be overstated, particularly given the significant increase in mental health challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically for adolescents. The 2020/21 Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing indicates 2 in 5 adolescents and young adults experienced mental illness in a 12 month period. The pandemic has caused significant stress, anxiety, and depression among individuals across the globe, and it is essential that we take steps to address the mental health implications of the pandemic.
Through participation in either our face to face or online MHFA programs, we can help to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and provide individuals with the tools and resources they need to support those around them. The training also aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues and empower individuals to seek help when needed.
On World Health Day this year, we can promote the importance of mental health by attending and also encouraging others to participate in MHFA training and by subsequently becoming mental health advocates in their communities and workplaces. World Health Day is an important opportunity to raise awareness about global health issues and promote healthy living practices. Mental health is a critical component of overall well-being, and it is essential that we acknowledge and address the challenges faced by those who struggle with mental health issues. Join our expert Instructors who will empower you to support those around you to create a healthier, more resilient community.