A fair dedicated to raise awareness about mental health, will open its doors this September 28th in Ho Chi Minh City for a third edition. Indeed, ‘The fair’, a day event held at the Deutches Haus HCMC, aims to raise awareness about mental health, and bring solutions with science, technology and art to help to erase mental health problems.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Health, in Vietnam, about 15% of the population suffers from common mental disorders related to stress, and 3 million people suffer from serious mental disorders. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), by 2020, depression is the second most common disease among people after heart disease. But despite its high level in Vietnam, depression is only one part of youth mental illness, others problems such as anxiety, stress, violence, hyperactivity disorder, occurs daily at school and in the family. In Vietnam, access to experts in mental health is not always easy and psychological illness, and mental illness” are still a socially “taboo” subjects.
Tricia , founder of the Wintercearing project and ‘The Fair’, came up with the idea for Wintercearig in late 2016, after being diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety and bouts of depression. For many years activities like dancing, drawing, and art has helped her through many difficult times. “Through research I have found that there is a great stigma about mental health and a lack of treatment facilities in Vietnam. I think art can be a great way to express one’s feelings without the fear of being judged. I am willing to support the community here in understanding the psychological issues we face.”
During one day, ‘The Fair’ will present guest speakers experts in mental health, mental health organization representatives, and exhibit booths with workshops about art, drama, music, games, and other interactive activities that can help to cure certain mental disorders.
ABOUT THE WINTERCEARIG PROJECT
After 2 successful years, Wintercearig entered the 3rd year of operation. This year, the Wintercearig project came back with the theme called “The Clearing” with the aim of bringing the communities together, to progress through science, technology and art to support Vietnamese and expats communities in Vietnam. This September 28th, let’s stop mental health stigma together!
September 28th, from 2 pm to 9 pm at the Deutsches Haus, 33 Le Duan street, Ben Nghe, District 1, HCMC.
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