OCTOBER 10th – WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
In order to celebrate the World Mental Health Day 2022 – October 10th, the Society of Social Psychiatry P. Sakellaropoulos created a campaign entitled “All feelings are OK”. As part of this campaign, a short animated video was created targeting young people. The video features emojis, which are used by young people in the context of digital communication. The script of the spot is based on the message that we should not only show the emotions that we think others consider acceptable, as all emotions need their space. By accepting and acknowledging our emotions, we will be able to manage them better.
You can view the spot at the following YouTube link (5,000+ views YouTube & Facebook):
A Press Release including the video was sent to a large number of recipients (200+) including journalists, mental health organisations, schools, Greek NGOS and representatives from official bodies (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour, Social Services).
The Press Release was published in a number of digital News Media and was shared via social media.
Examples of Publications
In addition, mental health employees of the SSP P. Sakellaropoulos gave interviews in national and local television shows regarding the campaign.
Example of Interviews
In addition, sensitisation and awareness raising activities were implemented on a local level at the Prefectures where the SSP P. Sakellaropoulos offers mental health services namely Attica (Capital), Fokida, Fthiotida (Central Greece) and Evros-Rodopi (Northern Greece).
In the Prefecture of Attica, the Day Centre for People with Mental Health Problems participated at the event organised by the Municipality of Nea Smyrni, with the aim of sensitising the public and providing information on the available mental health services in the area.
In addition, the employees and the residents of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Units (Hostels and Protected Apartments) in Attica, organised an awareness raising event at a central square in the Municipality of Kallithea. They distributed information leaflets and had the chance to discuss with the public.
The SSP P. Sakellaropoulos collaborated with the Athletic Association ‘Iniohos’ and dedicated the 5km run which was organised on Saturday October 8th, to mental health, sending the message that mental health is an issue that affects us all. This activity was linked to the organization’s overall campaign and its central message “All emotions are OK!”.
The T-shirts of the children’s race were sponsored by the SSP P. Sakellaropoulos and featured the World Mental Health Day campaign message “All emotions are OK!”.
A large number of members (recipients of mental health services) and employees of the SSP P. Sakellaropoulos participated in the 5km race. Everyone finished and received a medal. The coordinators of the Services in Fokida participated in the opening of the race and the medal nominations and several employees and users were volunteers in the organisation.
Leaflets regarding the campaign were distributed to children and adolescents.
An article regarding the message of the campaign was published in the local newspaper.
A mental health professional employee, gave an interview on the central news programme of the Local TV Channel Star Central Greece.
The SSP P. Sakellaropoulos actively participated at the 5th Mental Health Festival which was organized by the Municipality of Lamia in cooperation with the SSP P. Sakellaropoulos and other mental health organisations, on the 14th of October on the occasion of the World Mental Health Day. Mental health professionals and members of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Units distributed leaflets and gave information on mental health issues.
Two mental health professionals working at the SSP P. Sakellaropoulos in Thrace gave interviews on television regarding the SSP P. Sakellaropoulos’s central campaign. In addition, an article was published at the local press entitled “All feelings need their space”. The Press Release was also published in local news media of Northern Greece.