World Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Day (WICAMHD)

The initiation of a World Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Day (WICAMHD) to: 

  1. Recognize the global importance of infant, child and adolescent mental health.
  2. Advocate for the promotion of mental health and prevention of mental illness in infants, children and adolescents.

23 April 2022 is declared as World Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Day (WICAMHD) by 4 organisations:

World Psychiatric Association Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section (WPA-CAP)

International Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology

Background

Children and adolescents form a third of the world's population. Research has demonstrated that adverse experiences in childhood impact lifelong mental and physical health. Most mental disorders develop in childhood and adolescence (before the age of 25), and one-quarter of disability-adjusted life years for mental and substance use disorders occur in youths. The prevalence of mental disorders continues to rise in the young and is higher than adults. The need to improve understanding of this as well as to create awareness of its importance in families, communities and societies cannot be underestimated.

Purpose

We propose to initiate a World Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Day (WICAMHD) on 23 April annually to bring global awareness and literacy to this issue and bring the relevant professional agencies committed to this cause together.

Objective

The objectives of the World Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Day (WICAMHD) are to: 

  • Improve global public awareness about child and adolescent mental health.
  • Create literacy and competencies in the promotion of child and adolescent mental health as well as reduce the stigma of mental disorders in these populations.
  • Improve diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of child and adolescent mental disorders through international cooperation and understanding.
  • Reach out to countries with scarce resources to develop child and adolescent mental health professionals. 
     

Logo

The logo for this year is the following which represents the child in its various developmental phases against the backdrop of the world in which the young person is developing.  The hand drawn picture represents how children need to grow in a supportive benevolent environment. The hearts in each person represents the need for love and compassion as they grow.  The logo is titled “Mind the Heart for the World” and is drawn by Daniel Fung and Wesley Tay.  

How to support WICAMHD

  1. Share the logo widely.
  2. Use social media to spread your message about the importance of mental health in the young.
  3. Please involve your communications teams and do it on all websites and social media platforms you are on.
  4. We suggest the following hashtags.
  • #WICAMHD
  • #infantchildadolescentmentalhealth
  • #worldmindyourheart

To download the marketing flyer, please click here

To download the social media tool, please click here

Activity

Webinar - Official Launch of World Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Day (WICAMHD) | Minding the Heart of the World

  • Date: Saturday, 23 April 2022
  • Time: 1.00 PM CEST | 7.00 AM EST | 7.00 PM (GMT + 8)
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Speakers:
    • Dr Daniel Fung, President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP)
    • Pr Mario Speranza, President of the International Society of Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology (ISAPP)
    • Assoc Prof Campbell Paul, President of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH)
    • Assoc. Prof. Vlatka Boričević Maršanić, MD, PhD, Specialist in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Center for Children, Adolescents and Parents, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
    • Dr Liu Jing, Professor and Chief, Director of Mental Health Center for Children, Peking University Institute of Mental Health and Sixth Hospital, China
    • Dr Fusun Cetin Cuhadaroglu, Professor and Chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Panelist
    • Dr Daniel Fung, President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP)
    • Pr Mario Speranza, President of the International Society of Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology (ISAPP)
    • Assoc Prof Campbell Paul, President of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH)
    • Dr Norbert Skokauskas, Chair of the World Psychiatric Association Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section (WPA-CAP)
    • Prof Yi Zheng, Child psychiatrist, Director of Beijing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center and Professor of Beijing Anding Hospital, Capital Medical University, China
    • Dr Fusun Cetin Cuhadaroglu, Professor and Chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

The recorded webinar is available at the IACAPAP YouTube channel, please click here

Activities organised by IACAPAP member organisations in conjunction with official launch of the World Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Day (WICAMHD)

NoName of Member OrganisationsActivities
1Chinese Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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2Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental HealthLink

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3Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Slovak Psychiatric Association

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4Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, College of Psychiatrists, Academy of Medicine, Singapore

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5Sri Lanka College of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists

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6Turkish Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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