Mental Health Awareness Week fun walk

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is an international mental health promotion campaign endorsed by the Mental Health Information Centre of Southern Africa (MHIC) and celebrated in over 150 countries.  It is usually held in early October each year and encompasses World Mental Health Day (WMHD) that falls on 10 October.

This year the theme of WMHW is “The Great Push: Investing in Mental Health”.  Financial and human resources allocated for mental health are inadequate especially in low resource countries like South Africa. The majority of these low- and middle-income countries spend less than 2% of their health budget on mental health.  Investment on all levels in this valuable aspect of our health is essential.  After all, there is no health without mental health.

The Mental Health Information Centre (MHIC) is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote mental health in Southern Africa by increasing public awareness and understanding of mental health.  To celebrate MHAW, the MHIC invites you to invest your energy by joining us for a walk for mental health.  In this way, the MHIC is proud to do its part in placing emphasis on the importance of mental health knowledge. We encourage everyone to join us on our bundu bash walk and to become part of our efforts to make mental health a priority in South Africa and throughout the world.  

It will be held on Saturday, 8 October 2011 and starts at 08h00.  Costs: Adults R60; Children R20.  The walk will take place at the Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy. The route stretches over 5.6 km and rises from 160m to 385m above sea level.  The area forms part of the Cape Floristic Region, the smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. The walk will start on Mooiplaas Wine Estate and Nature Reserve, weather permitting.

RSVP: (Limited numbers; booking essential). Contact Ms Karin Swanepoel (karinsw@sun.ac.za or tel. 021 938 9161) before 5 October 2011 to make a booking.)

In case of rain on the day, please contact the MHIC Director, Ms Janine Roos (cell: 082 353 3004) for more information.

We encourage everyone to join us in making mental health a priority in South Africa and throughout the world.

The Mental Health Information Centre has been in operation since 1995 and is situated at the Health Sciences Faculty, University of Stellenbosch. We received formal recognition from the Medical Research Council in 1997, and continue to work closely with the MRC Unit on Anxiety and Stress Disorders.