Government Urged To Prioritise Investment In Mental Health

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Spark Foundry will mark World Mental Health Day by closing all Australian offices, asking staff instead take the day to reflect on their own mental health.

Unlike earlier though, students now speak about issues they face, explains assistant professor, Psychology, Ridhima Shirodkar.

World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. This day, each October, thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on peoples' life worldwide. In some countries this day is part of an awareness week, such as Mental Health Week in Australia.Every year this day is celebrated with some theme. For many, these are exciting times. "Often this growth is hindered by the issues and is also a constant fight between being a teenager and being an adult; it is a tough time", he says.

Professor Kay-Lambkin also sits on the panel with director and chief scientist at Black Dog Institute Scientia Professor Helen Christensen, and Professor Patrick McGorry, executive director of Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. The habits formed during adolescence become one's lifestyle, milestones with various long term implications for adult health.

While six out of 10 people said they felt their employer should be doing more to address mental health issues, on a more positive note, over a third (37%) said their employer recognised stress as a valid condition and worked to help them resolve issues.

"Mental wellness is extremely important to overall wellbeing".

"I think it does [encourage people who are not feeling well to ask for help]".

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This week marks National Mental Illness Awareness Week, a week established by Congress in 1990 to put the spotlight on a subject not talked about almost enough.

The World Health Organisation estimates that depression will be the number one health concern in both the developed and developing nations by 2030.

Dr Kaluwa said statistics show that half of all mental health globally began by the age 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated, and in the African Region, it was estimated that five per cent of the population, aged 15 years, suffered from a mental disorder. It is important that managers actively listen and take a flexible approach to the employee's requirements for support. Experts estimate that one in four people have treatable mental or emotional difficulties, but up to 75 percent of sufferers don't seek the help they need.

In a survey by CV Library, the respondents who identified having a mental health problem, 89% said it impacts their life.

"As the country's leading general first aid trainer, we've made a decision to take a lead in helping employers and their staff take care of mental health too". "But we maintain that there is already compelling evidence indicating the incidence of suicide, particularly in rural and remote Australia, requires a substantial funding commitment to make sure the supports that people need, regardless of where they live, are available and accessible" Mr Diamond said.

Children's mental health may seem like a huge problem to tackle, but everyone can take small steps to help.

They can also organize conversations at offices, schools and their local community with friends, neighbors and family members about the importance of mental health and how to quickly recognize the signs of mental health problems such as depression.

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