In 2018, the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) declared 1 September every year ‘World Emotional Trauma Awareness Day’.
This day was chosen because 1 September 1939 was the day that the Second World War, considered the worst catastrophe caused by humankind in history, officially began.
Today, 1 September, marks the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII.
On World Emotional Trauma Awareness Day, we remind ourselves of the worst states of trauma in people caused by war and other kinds of violence, which can be very difficult to overcome.
Let us also keep in mind other causes of emotional trauma including biological and natural disasters, all forms of public violence, abuse of power, xenophobia and racism.
The World Federation of Mental Health and the RANZCP invite you to wear a black ribbon as a sign of support for survivors of emotional trauma around the world.