World Mental Health Day - 10 October
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. On this day the Institute of Nutriton for Central America and Panama (INCAP, for its initials in Spanish) wants to remark its work on this topic. INCAP in collaboration with Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University, Canada and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom- Financed by Grand Challenges Canada; carry out the project entitled: Fighting for the maternal psicosocial affliction on marginalized women from Guatemala. This project is being carried out at the municipalities of Quetzaltenango and San Juan Ostuncalco, Guatemala. The project pretends to:
- Increase the comprehension about the psicosocial stress, health and mental illness on women on reproductive age, as they are perceived among marginalized rural and urban communities in Quetzaltenango and San Juan Ostuncalco.
- Increase knowledge about the resources available for women who fight to overcome the high levels of psicosocial stress.
- Evaluate the needs of the community for an intervention project; the interests and capabilities of community health workers and traditional midwives on participating as leaders for introducing the intervention and the specifications required to carry out a second phase of the project.
- Carry out a pilot intervention with women who have high levels of psicosocial stress that may affect their health as well as their baby´s health, during the 1,000 days (woman´s pregnancy and her child 2nd birthday)