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mental health mondays :: all about us

take it easy.
i've fallen desperately behind on a number of projects, which means that i'm very, very late posting this week's mhm. even worse, i don't really have much to say today, but i couldn't let things slide, because october 10th is/ was the world health organisation's "world mental health day".

the theme this year is "psychological first aid". fortunately, this is a subject on which i've already posted, so it's like i have a contribution ready to go. but that said, there are far better articles available from the who.

this week was supposed to be reserved for a specific post, which i'll be doing next week instead. last year, i did a special "vote with your crazy" post on evaluating the major political parties' stances and plans on mental health and suggesting questions for politicians who come canvassing for your votes. so next week's post is going to be "vote with your crazy :: the american version". i'm delaying it because i decided that, rather than just include the "big two", i'd look at what the libertarian and green parties had to say on the subject as well. so i have to do some homework on their platforms.

in the meantime, i wish you a peaceful mental health day... not too happy and exciting, because that can be dangerous, but not dull, depressing or disheartening. just calm, relaxing and uncomplicated, like the image above. 

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