On the occasion of the World Mental Health Day, “Thalpos II” in collaboration with the Organization of Culture and Sport Messinia Prefecture held on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 workshop entitled "Mental Health, all people’s right in life."
The event was graced by the presence of Mrs. Nadia Giannakopoulou (lawyer, PASOK MP in Messinia), Mr. Panayiotis Tsimogiannis (President of the Organization of Culture and Sport of Messinia Prefecture), Mr. Socrates Stathakopoulos (Doctor - Director of Psychiatric Clinic, Hospital of Kalamata) and Mrs. Maria Oikonomakou (representative of the Municipality of Kalamata).
Remarkable speakers were hosted who illuminated different aspects of mental health each one from his own perspective and professional involvement. More specifically, Mrs. G. Giannopoulou (Psychologist of the Residential Home "Thalpos I") spoke about the "Establishment of a World Mental Health Day," while Mr. Kakoulas (Psychologist, Supervisor of "Athena") held a lecture entitled "Melancholy & Depression". Additionally, the work, the function and the objectives of the Day Centre for Children and Adolescents with Autism Messinia were presented by Mrs. G. Pavlopoulou (Special Educator - Scientist Responsible of the Day Centre for Children and Adolescents with Autism Messinia). Mrs. H. Dimiza (Animator of theater groups, Experimental Scene Kalamata) spoke about the contribution of the theatrical play - puppet in promoting mental health. Mrs. H. Bosina (Educator, Member of the Greek Group of «Quality for Children (Q4C)») presented the «Quality for Children (Q4C)», a useful tool for preventing mental health. Finally, Mr. G. Kormas (Doctor - PhD Candidate, University of Athens, Representative of the Greek Safer Internet Centre) informed the public about the role of the internet in the psychosocial development of the child giving examples from everyday life.
The local community embraced this action which is proved by the significant turnout of the public and by their interest shown in the topics of the workshop as well as their active participatation in the ending discussion of the conference.