Not World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day.

I’m not really a fan of these token, one off, ‘awareness raising’ Days. I’m not overly convinced that they actually do much to raise awareness of the issue concerned over the other 364 days of the year. Which would be necessary in order to actually make a difference to the people or issue the Day is targeted at. Which should be the whole point shouldn’t it?

Every day should be World Mental Health Day.

As someone with mental health problems, which seem to be dominating my life at the moment, I’m going to observe World Mental Health Day by taking a day off from mental health.

I’m going to observe these Days instead. Which should be observed every day too.

In the hope that at some point in the future, we won’t have to observe any of them.




International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women –  Met Rules out Compensation for Family of Rachel Nickell


International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia Protesters attack Police at Belgrade Gay Pride Parade


International Day of Peace Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan on the Rise


World Water Day Dirty Water Killed Beauty’s First Child


Universal Children’s Day 400 Nigerian Children die from Lead Poisoning


World AIDS DayAIDS Orphan Tourism Worry


World Hospice and Palliative Care DayKenya in Urgent Need of Palliative Care Services


World Day against Child LabourMore Work Needed to end Child Labour in Cocoa Industry


World Day of Social JusticeEquality and Human Rights Commission Highlights Discrimination in Britain


World Animal DayActivists Raise Thousands to Shame Super Dairy’s Backers


International Day of the World’s Indigenous PeoplesUS Envoy Disappoints Papuan Activists by Not Probing Abuses


World Malaria DayMalarial Drugs Stolen from Africa’s Poorest


International Day of Older PersonsElderly Care Home Residents Died after Severe Neglect


International Women’s DayCanadians Help Fight for Defiled Girls in Kenya


International Day against Stoning Iran: Sakineh’s Children ask Italy for Asylum


World Day against the Death PenaltyTexas Judge to Examine if Executed Man was Innocent


International Day against Torture MPs seek Ministers’ Role to be Included in Torture Inquiry


International Day against Police BrutalityPolice in Australia Taser Unarmed Black Man 13 Times


International Day for the Abolition of SlaveryFamily Face Charges in Modern Day Slavery Case


International Day for the Eradication of PovertyOne in Five Northumberland Children Live in Poverty


International Day for the Elimination of Racial DiscriminationTen Charged After English Defence League Protest


World Environment DayOne Species Becomes Extinct in Britain Every Fortnight












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