The Faculty of Medicine,Beirut Arab University through the Lebanese Medical Students' International Committee (LeMSIC), organized a mental health awareness campaign on the 8th of November 2016, in order to spread awareness about this public health topic.
The Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH) focuses on the importance of prevention as a basis of a healthier life. Therefore, spreading this kind of awareness is needed in our society, in order to protect the population from the health consequence of these mental illnesses.
There were 4 stands tackling four different mental health issues:
1) Depression and Suicide
2) Stress and Anxiety
3) Eating disorders
4) Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD)
These topics were chosen due to their importance as public health issues and to their frequency in the community (without them being frequently reported, for cultural reasons).
Infographics and educational posters were presented in order to make the information as simple as possible.
Educational games were prepared in order to deliver the same information but in a fun way.
The interacting students were cooperative and according to their reviews, they have benefited from all the activities presented.
Ending the stigma was a must; these are real illness, not life choices.