Mental health day to be celebrated

Mental health day to be celebrated Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World Health Day as a way of raising awareness about an issue of profound importance to the health of people around the globe.

For the first time in history, the theme for 2001 "Stop Exclusion � Dare to Care" will focus on mental health. President James W. Abbott of The University of South Dakota, in recognition of this event, has declared April 5 "World Mental Health Day" for the Vermillion campus.

Dr. Gil Reyes, a USD clinical professor at the Disaster Mental Health Institute (DMHI), will coordinate the World Mental Health Day events, which will be held Thursday, April 5 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Rushmore Room of the Coyote Student Center at the USD campus. The event will consist of talks, panel discussions, posters, videos, demonstrations, screenings, information booths and other contributions from the USD Psychology Department and from various individuals and organizations in the mental health field.

"This is a rare opportunity, for all too often, mental health is neglected as a significant health factor," said Reyes.

The DMHI has worked in cooperation with the WHO for the past two years on a project to rapidly implement a mental health assessment program for refugees and other displaced persons. An Internet gallery of mental health resources is also available online at http://www.

usd.edu/worldhd/.

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