UNAM psychology department commemorates World Mental Health Day

The University of Namibia’s psychology and social work department in partnership with the Regain Trust on Friday commemorated World Mental Health Day under the theme ‘Leaving no one behind.”

Speaking during the event, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative Gift Malunga urged Namibians to dismantle the walls of silence and stigma around mental health and instead build bridges of empathy and support.

Malunga said status of health refers to the overall state of well-being condition of an individual or a group of people, including its physical, mental, and social aspects.

She said mental health is closely tied to sustainable development goals, particularly Goal 3 on good health and well-being and Goal 5 on gender equality.

“Mental health is often overlooked and stigmatised, impacting not only individuals but also families, communities, and society at large. By gathering here today, we send a powerful message that mental health deserves our utmost attention. Nearly one billion people live with mental health conditions, yet it remains one of the most neglected aspects of healthcare. You are defined by your strength and humanity, not your conditions, and we stand in solidarity with you,” Malunga said.

Mulunga said the event was special because it unites a diverse group, including forensic and general psychiatric patients, professional, and students who represent the future of mental health care.

“To the social work students, you are the future of mental health care. Your dedication inspires us, and your role in providing support and compassion will shape a brighter future for those facing mental health challenges,” she added.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

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