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World Mental Health Day 2014

This image shows a vietnamese man and his wife smiling at the camera
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Tuong, a 50 year old Vietnamese man, has been married for 22 years and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He is now receiving the help he needs.

CBM celebrates World Mental Health Day 2014 on 10 October. The overall objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilise efforts in support of mental health.

What is World Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year. The main objective of this day is to raise awareness and knowledge of mental health issues around the world and to advocate for support of mental health care. On this day the work of mental health workers all over the world is highlighted, and special focus is given on what needs to be done additionally to make health care a reality for people worldwide. This year the theme of the World Mental Health Day is ‘Living with schizophrenia’.

Celebrate World Mental Health Day with CBM

In Nigeria schizophrenia continues to have a huge negative impact on the lives of those with the condition. However CBM along with local partners has been scaling up mental health services. Know more about our work with those affected by schizophrenia.

CBM conducted a workshop in Burkina Faso which aimed at training individuals in psychiatric disorders, normal development and signs of disorders with particular focus on learners who are deaf or hard of hearing, learning disabilities and those with autism.

Check out our community mental health terminology guide if you seek to understand terms commonly used by mental health services.

CBM and Community Mental Health

CBM and partners employ a community-based approach in tackling psychosocial disabilities, which are most times ‘invisible’. People affected by mental disorders have limited access to services and information and due to the lack of education, traditional beliefs and discrimination can be excluded from active participation in the community. Children in particular need protection as those affected by psychosocial disorders such as schizophrenia are mostly likely to experience violation of their human rights.

CBM with its partners works at the community level by providing community-based rehabilitation (CBR) services and ensures the full inclusion of mental health work. Our approach is a combination of education, medication, family support, practical advice and livelihood development.

What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder wherein thinking, language, perceptions and sense of self is profoundly disrupted. Symptoms can include psychosis, hallucinations, delusions and lack of emotion perception.

Schizophrenia begins in late adolescence or early adulthood. However most cases can be treated and people affected by it can lead a productive life and be well integrated in society.

Some figures*

•    Schizophrenia affects about 24 million people worldwide.
•    Schizophrenia is a treatable disorder, treatment being more effective in its initial stages.
•    More than 50% of persons with schizophrenia are not receiving appropriate care.
•    90% of people with untreated schizophrenia are in developing countries.
•    Care of persons with schizophrenia can be provided at community level, with active family and community involvement.

*Source WHO

Additional information

this image shows a man with his mother ©CBM
Babu Hussein (in his 20s) lives with his mother. After receiving treatment for schizophrenia, he has begun to sell milk to his neighbourhood.

  1. World Mental Health 2014 at the WHO
  2. World Federation for Mental Health’s ‘Living with Schizophrenia’ Report
  3. Information on Schizophrenia

More reading

Community care for persons living with Schizophrenia

In Nigeria schizophrenia continues to have a huge negative impact on the lives of those with the condition.


Burkina Faso celebrates World Mental Health Day

CBM conducted a workshop to mark World Mental Health Day 2014 in Burkina Faso


Community Mental Health - terminology

The language used when referring to mental health problems and to people who experience them


Community Mental Health

People with psychosocial disabilities are often ‘invisible’, have limited access to services and are excluded from full participation in community life.



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