World Mental Health Day, 10th October 2018

World Mental Health Day, 10th October 2018

Today is World Mental Health Day, an annual campaign that raises awareness of mental health issues around the world and encourages support of mental health.

This year special attention is being paid to young people and mental health.

Approximately 1.2 billion people (1 in 6) of the world’s population are adolescents, aged between 10 and 19. Several factors such as alcohol or tobacco use, lack of physical activity, unprotected sex and/or exposure to violence can jeopardize not only adolescents’ current health, but also their health as adults.

Health promotion have marked the event by standing alongside a number of groups at Piazza providing information regarding mental health and local services available. As of 1pm, the Gibraltar Mental Welfare Society led a silent march from the Piazza to No.6 emphasizing the importance of both reflection and action when it comes to Mental Health; their slogan being:

JOIN THE WALK AND LET’S BREAK THE SILENCE!

Research shows that half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. Breaking the stigma and discussing our concerns openly and honestly is essential to improving our collective mental health.

The Gibraltar Health Authority remind members of the general public who require advice and support on any mental health issues, that they can do so by either, requesting referral by their general practitioner, or by contacting one of the following numbers:

Community Mental Health Team at Coaling Island, between the hours of 8am to 5pm, for advice and support. Tel: 20042307/20041659;

Mental Welfare Office at the Primary Care Centre, between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm, for advice and support. Tel: 20007831;

For any Emergencies after 5pm on weekdays, and at any time in the day on weekends and public holidays, please contact our on-call team composed of a Mental Welfare officer, consultant psychiatrist, qualified nurse and nurse manager on Tel: 20007831.

Alternatively, GibSams charity helpline is open Mondays to Fridays from 4:00 pm to midnight and 7:00pm until midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. GibSams can be reached on Tel: 116123.

In the event of a person experiencing a mental health crisis, they can call the above numbers and/or present to the Accident & Emergency Department at St Bernard’s Hospital, where they will be triaged and assessed by the relevant clinicians.