Mental Health Awareness Week-2020 | Psychologs Magazine
Psychologs is celebrating the Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 observed from 18 May to 24 May by organizing an e-conclave throughout the week from 4 to 7 pm every day. The conclave will be conducted through live talk and Q&A sessions live in Facebook.
About Mental Health Awareness Week
The Mental Health Awareness week is observed every year from May 18 to May 24 by the Mental Health Foundation with an emphasis on diverse themes. The Mental Health Foundation was established after the Second World War and foundation of the United Kingdom National Health Service. The foundation was formed in 1973 when the Mental Health Research Fund formed by Derek Richter merged with the Mental Health Trust. In 2001, the foundation launched the Mental Health Awareness Week from May 18 to May 24 with the first theme being ‘Friendship and Mental Health’. Since then, the awareness week is being observed every year with different themes and corresponding activities from different parts of the world with a comprehensive agenda to address mental health issues and improve psychological wellbeing. This year the theme identified for the awareness week is ‘Kindness’.
Theme: The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is ‘Kindness’ which is regarded to be significant in the context of COVID-19 pandemic. The theme kindness was chosen in lieu of ‘Sleep’ which was the initially decided topic. The theme was changed since kindness is proven to be a potential factor in dealing with the mental health issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic and also in promoting overall emotional wellbeing. Kindness is inevitable as it enables individuals to empathize and empower each other in these unprecedented times.
As part of the Mental Health Awareness Week, Psycholgs is organizing an e-conclave from May 18 to May 24 including various discussions and Q&A sessions with some eminent speakers from the field of psychology. The conclave will be conducted through Facebook Live. Provided below are the details regarding the topics scheduled for each day along with the keynote speakers: