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World Health Organization focuses on 'psychological first aid'

from The Star

"Never give up on someone with mental illness. When 'i' is replaced by 'we,' illness becomes wellness," said inspirational author Shannon Alder. Depression and mental health issues affect us and so many people we know and hold dear. It gives me hope that we can all make a difference in the lives of others. The World Health Organization stressed this when they observed World Mental Health Day last Oct. 10 with the theme focusing on "psychological first aid." WHO recommends we reach out and help those who are affected by crises. Whether it is an accident where people are hurt, or disaster relief or personal/family crisis of those dear to us, learning the basic principles of psychological first aid will help us provide support to people who are very distressed. It is very important also to know what not to say. more

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