Bhutan marks World Mental Health Day
Bhutan celebrated World Mental Health Day yesterday in Thimphu under the national theme, ‘Mental Health for All: A Multisectoral Approach for People-Centred Mental Health Care and Services.’
The event graced by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Dr Lotay Tshering called for the need to strengthen a multi-sectoral approach to prevent and focus on people-centred mental health care. It also highlighted the global and regional perspectives and the need to make mental health resources more accessible to all.
On the day, Bhutan launched the Guideline for Prevention and Response to Abandonment of Infants considering the increasing instances of infant abandonment and infanticide in recent years. This initiative aims to safeguard and promote the well-being of infants with a particular emphasis on prevention and immediate response while assigning clear roles to key stakeholders.
Various stakeholders including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Royal Civil Service Commission, Royal Bhutan Police, schools under Thimphu Thromde, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, civil society organizations, and development partners such as Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, WHO and UNICEF gathered at Zhichenkhar to mark the day organized by The Pema.
Please know more about Mental Health at https://tinyurl.com/4887xh35 Let’s join hands in making a meaningful impact. By promoting mental health awareness and dismantling barriers, we’re paving the way for a brighter, healthier future for all.