Project “Improving advocacy and policymaking capacity of the Estonian mental health and wellbeing coalition” is funded by the NGO Fund of the EEA Grants, intermediated by Open Estonia Foundation. Co-financier of the project is Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia.
Mental health and positive mental health
Mental health is a state of wellbeing that results in productivity and fulfilling relationships, as well as the ability to cope with the normal stresses of life. Mental health influences how people think, communicate, learn and grow. Perceived wellbeing strengthens resilience and self-esteem. There are the ingredients for successful involvement in the community, in society, in professional life, and in relationships.
The World Health Organisation defines positive mental health as a ”state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” The concept of positive mental health is more than merely the absence of mental illness; positive mental health can be defined as “…feeling, thinking, and interacting in ways that help you enjoy life and deal more effectively with challenging situations”
Estonian Mental Health and Well-Being Coalition (VATEK) was established on November 25, 2012 by the initiative of the Estonian-Swedish Mental Health and Suicidology Institute (ERSI) and support of the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs. For now VATEK has grown to a network of 38 organizations related to mental health (nongovernmental organizations, public sector organizations, professional organizations, trade companies).
The contacts of VATEK organizations are on the map.
World Mental Health Day – 10 October
Estonian Mental Health and Wellbeing Coalition will organize the Mental Health Fair in Tallinn on the World Mental Health Day on October 10, 2014. The main message of the fair is maintainance of positive mental health and prevention mental health problems. The Mental Health Fair takes place at Tallinn University. Detailed agenda will be published soon.
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising ewareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. The theme for 2014 is “Living with schizophrenia”.