World Mental Health Celebrations
8 November 2017
10 October 2017 – World Mental Health day was commemorated by social workers from the Phoenix office of the Durban and Coastal Mental Health. The day started with placards demonstration outside the Starwood Psychiatric Clinic (Department of Social Development building) with mental health care users, their family members and staff of the clinic. This initiative was implemented to get the attention of motorists, passengers and pedestrians to show that there is no shame in psychiatric illness. Mental health care users felt comfortable to advocate towards breaking the stigma by carrying placards that called the community to acknowledge and respect mental health.
This year’s theme was “Breaking the stigma of mental health”