United Nations chief calls for more attention to mental health

Phillip Cunningham
October 12, 2018

"Anyone who cares about poverty, education, social cohesion or economic progress should work to improve mental health, putting the vast knowledge we have on promotion, prevention and care into action", said Patel.

Model, actress and mental health advocate Kylie Verzosa from the Philippines discusses her experiences with depression, her journey to recovery and the ideas that shaped the online community, Mental Health Matters. On this day, people come forward to talk about the importance of mental illness and support its causes and effects on people worldwide.

Dr Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the Lancet medical journal, which commissioned the report, said it highlighted the "shameful and shocking treatment of people with mental ill health around the world".

If you have children, I urge you to take a minute to check in on them and talk to them about mental illness, depression, anxiety, bullying, happiness and all of the things we sometimes take for granted or ignore.

With about 57 per cent of Ghana's population under the age of 25, the focus on the youth in this year's Mental Health Day celebration is timely. "Communicate that it's fine to take time off to get better and there won't be any negative impact on their career for doing so".

I am proud that my own department runs mental health and well-being events, and is growing our pool of mental health first aiders, developing a culture where people can speak openly about their mental health problems. Eating disorders are also of concern.

President Ram Nath Kovind has warned of a mental health epidemic in India but despite this grim reality a mere ten percent of those who require mental healthcare can avail it. Compounding the crisis is the stigma those with mental health conditions suffer from their fellow citizens. Or they say something like, "If you or someone you know seems like they are going through a rough time, tell a trusted adult". "If these disorders are left untreated, they can extend into adult life, thus impacting educational attainment, employment, relationships and even parenting", warned Tarun Dua, a mental health adviser at the WHO. This skills will help us to make our lives meaningful as well as worthwhile.

"Mental health services are still being underfunded by the Conservative government".

Meantime, youth organizations were encouraged to step up and build linkages and partnerships with Sandilands to more effectively educate young people on mental health, substance abuse and disability. "We are feeding them and we are clothing them it is a major challenge that we need to look at", she averred.

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