Counselling Corner newsletter – September 2023

What are you going to do on 10 October 2023 – World Mental Health Day?

Read the Myanmar version of this newsletter on our website

Every year on 10 October World Mental Health Day is celebrated around the world to raise awareness for mental health. What are you planning for this year’s World Mental Health Day? In this newsletter some ideas, suggestions, and a contest for the best World Mental Health Day ideas for individuals and for companies.

About World Mental Health Day

Since 1992 this day is celebrated world-wide on 10 October at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health ( with the aim to improve mental health education, awareness and advocacy against stigma.

Good mental health is vital to our overall health and well-being. Yet one in eight people globally are living with mental health conditions, which can impact their physical health, their well-being, how they connect with others, and their livelihoods. Mental health conditions are also affecting an increasing number of adolescents and young people.  In Myanmar, about one in four people are suffering from moderately-severe to severe depression and just as in other countries also the young generation under 25 years old is most affected.

How can we celebrate World Mental Health Day (Tue 10 Oct 2023)?

  • Share experiences – it can really help for yourself and for others to honestly talk about feelings and emotions. So others know they are not alone.
  • Reach out to loved ones – let people know that you think about them, send them a kind message, listen to them, give them a hug and ask how you can support
  • Check-in with your own mental health. Take time to reflect, write a diary, do sports or meditation and do for example this simple self-assessment on depression – PHQ-9 Questionnaire 

Ideas to raise awareness for mental health

Ideas for Myanmar companies & organisations

There are several free or paid things you can do as a company. Here are some suggestions:

  • Create a social media & Facebook post to celebrate World Mental Health Day
  • Organise some fun events on the day itself with all office staff; yoga, meditation exercise, give free hugs, ask people to write on a big poster what mental health means to them etc, give each staff a flower
  • Show to all staff videos on mental health (find free talks on our YouTube Channel) 
  • Use the moment to re-inform all staff about mental health services available for staff
  • Inform your customers you care about mental health; change your email signature for World Mental Health Day, put up a signboard or poster, inform in your newsletter about activities done.
  • Organise together with us Live talks or consultation days for staff together with our professional mental health counsellors

Ideas for PR/Media companies

  • Write articles for social media about World mental health Day
  • Interview people what they think about mental health
  • Create content for your corporate clients, INGO’s or other organisations to share
  • Contact Counselling Corner’s team to ask for materials, articles, videos and technical help

Ideas for individual people, friends and family

  • Create a nice Facebook post that talks about mental health, how you feel, how you want to support others.
  • Talk with friends and family about feelings and emotions. It is not easy the first time, our brand-new memory game on emotions might help to start talking.
  • Write a poem, a story or make a drawing about your feelings
  • Join our free emotional workshops every Wednesday and Saturday
  • Listen to our Facebook Live on Tuesday (or if you missed it, have a look at our video library)
  • Show your friends and family you care about them

Competition – win a free Basic Counselling Skills training, gratitude journal or a memory game on emotions.

Fantastic if you are going to do something for World Mental Health Day – 10 Oct. You are helping others which is very, very much needed at the moment in Myanmar. Counselling Corner is organising a competition and anybody can participate!

What do you need to do?

  1. Do something special for World Mental Health Day (this can be on social media, in person at home or anywhere else)
  2. Send us a “proof” of the activity (by email, post, Viber etc) latest on Tue 10 Oct at 9 pm

Our counsellors will select the most creative, most impactful, and most beautiful activity and the winners will be announced on Facebook and in the next newsletter. 

Available prizes:

  • Free Basic Counselling Skills Training (10 days) – value 200,000 Kyats
  • Memory game on emotions (brand newly created by Counselling Corner) – value 25,000 Kyats
  • Gratitude Journal – value 15,000 Kyats

We love to see what you are going to do to celebrate World Mental Health Day 2023. Get in touch if you need more suggestions or ideas.

Read the Myanmar version of this newsletter on our website

Please do share / like and contact us if you have any questions or suggestions on the above or want to know more about our services. We want to make it easier for people to talk about mental well-being and we need help from all organizations in Myanmar to discuss mental well-being openly with your team and work on improving it.

For inquiries, please contact us:
Phone: 09 785 074 173, 09 784 509 916

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