With global and European suicide rates increasing across most segments of the population, due to a myriad of external and internal factors, it is important to raise awareness and break the stigma around suicidality. In response to this, each year GAMIAN-Europe will create a different group under our #BreakingSuicideStigma campaign to highlight the different challenges within diverse groups of people.
Comorbidities in the context of mental health refer to the presence of two or more mental or physical disorders occurring simultaneously in an individual. Comorbid conditions can complicate diagnosis, treatment, and management, as symptoms may overlap or interact in complex ways. Addressing comorbidities often requires a multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare with many different stakeholders from oftentimes quite diverse areas.
Mental health and art
April 1, World Art Day, marked the launch date of GAMIAN-Europe’s first European-wide art contest: My heART. The contest is part of a larger project designed to raise awareness of mental health through visual art. Since then, we have gone on to launch ‘the Vibrant Mind’ a similar concept with a more European and physical setting. These projects are developed in collaboration with experts by experience close to the art world and explore the connections between mental health and art.
Quality of life & awareness raising
Some of our campaigns look at aim to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and empower individuals through advocacy, education, and community support in a broader sense. Here you can find our awareness campaigns that we hold around significant days such as ‘World Mental Health Day’ or projects on the quality of life for people that are living with different mental health conditions.
COVID-19 and Mental Health
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on mental health worldwide, exacerbating existing conditions and introducing new emotional challenges. We got input from our Members and partners talked to patients at different periods of the pandemic. As a result we conducted two surveys to understand the impact that COVID-19 has had on them.
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