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The World Health Organization has marked October 10 as World Mental Health Day. Held every year on October 10, the Day is intendend to raise awareness about mental health problems around the world and to mobilize treatment resources to help people in need. The theme for 2014 is "Living With Schizophrenia" and focuses on how people with schizophrenia can live a healthy life with help from family members and the community.
As part of the World Mental Health Day effort, the WHO has a special web page with links to resources that mental patients can access in their own community. There are also information sheets describing the health problems often faced by people with schizophrenia as well as an infographic showing the steps people can take to ensure longer lives.
The need for better health care for people with schizophrenia is especially important considering:
Providing better health care for mental patients means overcoming the stigma that often surrounds mental illness in many societies as well as getting better access to treatment. Meeting this challenge remains one of the WHO's chief commitments. You can do your part by becoming more aware of programs and resources in your own community that can help.
World Mental Health Day page
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