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#1 Old 03-28-2005, 07:16 PM
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What is Mental Health Action Week?

Mental Health Action Week is an annual health campaign that has been running since the 1950s. It is aimed at raising awareness of mental health problems and encouraging people to look after their own mental health.

In 2005, the campaign is highlighting the effectiveness of exercise in preventing mild and moderate mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. It is hoped that people will start to think of their mental health as being as important as their physical wellbeing.

Mental health statistics

* Around one in ten people is likely to have a disabling anxiety disorder at some stage in their life.

* An estimated one person in ten has some form of depression at any one time, with it being most common in people aged 25 to 44.

* An estimated one in 20 people will have serious - or clinical - depression at any one time. By the year 2020, it has been estimated that clinical depression will be second only to chronic heart disease as an international health burden. This is measured by its cause of death, disability, incapacity to work and the medical resources it uses.

* One per cent of women in the UK between the ages of 15 and 30 have anorexia nervosa, with 50 per cent of cases occurring before the age of 20

* An estimated one to two per cent of adult women in the UK have bulimia nervosa. They tend to be older than those with anorexia nervosa

Where can I find out more?

The Mental Health Foundation is a leading UK charity working to improve services for people with mental health problems and those with learning disabilities. Its work includes allocating grants for research and community projects, contributing to the public debate, educating policy makers and healthcare professionals, and striving to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness and learning disabilities.

If you'd like more details about mental health, call the foundation on 020 7802 0300 or visit

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Ah mental health... I wonder what that's like? That's an interesting article, thank you for posting it.
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#4 Old 03-29-2005, 08:52 AM
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Interesting that Dr. Fuller Torrey, a leading schizophrenia expert & advocate, is against the promotion of "mental health", on the grounds that this concept detracts from serious mental illness being taken seriously.

A lot of money goes into helping the "worried well" while the "walking wounded" suffer lack of treatment, homelessness, poverty, etc.
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