World Mental Health Day in France

There are many activities organised in France within the World Mental Health Day. From October 10 to 23, 2022, the 33rd Information Weeks on Mental Health (SISM) will open the debate on mental health and the environment throughout France. This theme targets the physical dimension of our environment which includes: the immediate environment of each person: housing; the wider environment: the development of municipalities (quality of infrastructure and public transport network, presence and access to nature or biodiversity); the more distant environment: our planet and the current ecological crisis. The 5 objectives of the SISM :

– To make the public aware of mental health issues

– TO INFORM, based on the annual theme, about the different approaches to mental health

– To bring together, through this communication effort, actors and spectators of the events, professionals and users of mental health

– TO HELP the development of solidarity, reflection and care networks in mental health

– TO MAKE KNOWN the places, the means and the people who can bring a support or a proximity information

Also, each year, citizens, associations and professionals organize information and reflection events throughout France (In total, 844 events). On this occasion, the volunteers of the Unafam delegations (National Union of families and friends of psychically ill and/or disabled people) are involved in several hundred events aimed at the general public wishing to be better informed about psychic illnesses and their treatment.

The Mental Health Federation of France (SMF) organizes with the regional SMF of Paris and around the First Mental Health Fair all day on Monday, October 10, 2022 on the theme “environment and mental health” in order to prevent mental disorders and help those who suffer from them.

Throughout the year, and in particular around World Mental Health Day, the Local Mental Health Councils (CLSM) organize thematic workshops and various awareness-raising activities.

A CLSM is a forum for consultation and coordination between elected officials, psychiatrists, user representatives, caregivers and all professionals in the area. Its objective is to define and implement local policies and actions to improve the mental health of the populations concerned. The CLSM allows for a local and participatory approach to prevention and care; it involves health and social actors and any interested person in the territory.

On October 11th, psychosocial rehabilitation platforms are organizing a day of awareness-raising on this concept within the framework of the Territorial Mental Health Project. This day is offered to all professionals who work with people suffering from mental disorders, regardless of the sector of intervention. It is also aimed at patients themselves, their families and caregivers.

And last but not the least, the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health in Lille is co-organizing a conference on October 11 on the IT4Anxiety project (Interreg North West Europe), bringing together actors from the mental health world from several European countries, including mental health professionals, users of mental health services, family members, caregivers, researchers, as well as several leaders of innovative startups. Information on innovative solutions in mental health, on the needs and use of digital tools for anxiety management, on the role of e-health referents to be considered in care services, or on the appropriation of innovative solutions in health institutions through training. Participants will also be able to visit an innovation fair with 15 startups presenting their products and solutions developed for the mental health care system.

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