Bulletin Article - World Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Day 2023 (WICAMHD 2023)
The initiation of a World Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Day (WICAMHD) to:
- Recognise the global importance of infant, child and adolescent mental health.
- 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:
- International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP)
- International Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology (ISAPP)
- World Infant Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH)
- World Psychiatric Association Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section (WPA-CAP)
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.
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.
The objectives of the World Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Day (WICAMHD) are to:
For more information, please visit https://iacapap.org/events/world-infant-child-and-adolescent-mental-health-day.html.
How to support WICAMHD 2023
- Share the logo widely.
- Use social media to spread your message about the importance of mental health in the young.
- Please involve your communications teams and do it on all websites and social media platforms you are on.
- We suggest the following hashtags.
WICAMHD 2023 Webinar
- The webinar is open for public.
- This webinar will be conducted virtually via Zoom. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required in advance. Seats are limited and it's based on a first come, first served.
- For more information, please visit https://iacapap.org/events/world-infant-child-and-adolescent-mental-health-day/wicamhd-2023.html.