April 7, 2017 is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Day. 2017’s World Health Day is themed Depression: Let’s Talk. At SC Thrive, we recognize the necessity of improved mental health in stabilized, healthy communities and the increased rate of mental illness in the low-income and uninsured populations.*
According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. In South Carolina, 1 in 5 adults suffers from a mental illness.* This World Health Day, let us begin and continue talking in our communities about mental health. Recognize that mental health issues are common. May we be understanding and supportive instead of judgmental and condescending when a neighbor needs our help. This World Health Day, let us make a place for open, honest and safe conversations about mental health so that our friends and family find the help that they need and your community’s mental health improves.
One way to help improve your community’s mental health is by taking a Mental Health First Aid training. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings provide knowledge to community members about the realities of mental health. This debunks myths about mental health and helps reduce the stigma of finding help. MHFA provides a 5-step action plan to de-escalate a mental health crisis situation and a three year certification as a Mental Health First Aider. This equips trainees to help members of their communities facing mental health crises.
If you’re interested in becoming a Mental Health First Aider, join us at one of our upcoming trainings. If you work in Spartanburg County, you may qualify to receive this training at no cost! Click Here to Learn More