The Ministry of Health joins the international community to once again celebrate World Mental Health Day this Thursday, October 10th, 2013.

This year, the theme selected is, “Mental Health and Older Adults” which aims to promote healthy and active ageing through the participation of meaningful activities, maintenance of strong personal relationships and good physical health. The theme also advocates for broader interventions to address the growing concern of mental health of persons 60 years and older who many times contend with loss of ability to live independently because of limited physical mobility or mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. Additionally, many older persons worldwide contend with the effects of dementia which generally is unique to this population. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (PNP) from across the country have developed awareness campaigns and activities leading up to the observation of the day.