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World Mental Health Day: the position of Hope For Children on child mental health services in Cyprus

World Mental Health Day is celebrated every year on October 10th with the aim of informing and educating the public about mental health issues around the world. “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center celebrates this day, which has been established worldwide to raise public awareness on a variety of mental health issues. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) mentioned that although the Covid-19 pandemic has a significant impact on people’s mental health, the news is encouraging in terms of the need to escalate quality mental health services at all levels. According to the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments around the world have recognized these needs and some countries have begun to implement new ways of providing mental health care. This year’s World Mental Health Day is dedicated to creating mental health services accessible to the public and the message being promoted is “Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality”. 

The need of children for psychological support seems to increase every year, due to the daily changes they have to face. It is particularly important for Cyprus to create more services and tools that will be accessible to children, parents, teachers and mental health professionals. All children have the right to easy access to non-discriminatory care and treatment and deserve a healthy and happy life. On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, it is important for the society to give priority investing in the expansion of related services in order to create more favorable conditions.  

The basic foundations that promote the protection of human mental health are prevention and intervention at an early age, as well as easy access to quality mental health services. Many of the services and projects of Hope for Children offer access to services on issues related to children’s mental health, without discrimination and free of charge. Some examples of these services are the European Helpline for Children and Adolescents support 116111, which operates in collaboration with SPAVO and allows all children and adolescents to call for free and anonymously receive guidance and psychological support. Experiential workshops are conducted in schools on issues such as equality, prevention of abuse, school bullying and other issues related to mental health. In addition, the Organization offers free psychological counselling services to children and parents, as well as guidance from distance through the national helpline 1466.  

For more information regarding the projects and services of the Organization, you can contact “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center by calling 1466, as well through the organization’s 24/7 online platform at www.uncrcpc.org.cy 

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